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Rugby ace chips in for charity

Former Scotland international Paterson hands over cheque to Scottish Golf Charitable Trust

SCOTTISH rugby’s all-time leading points scorer Chris Paterson swapped the oval ball for the wee white ball recently to hand over a cheque for £16,000 to the Scottish Golf Charitable Trust on behalf of The Sportsman’s Charity.

The Galashiels man, a director of The Sportsman’s Charity which has distributed more than £2.3m to good causes through sport since it was launched in 1983, joined a host of youngsters from Ratho Park Golf Club to make the presentation, which has been generated through proceeds raised from the charity’s annual golf day and dinner in 2014.


The Sportsman’s Charity chose the Scottish Golf Charitable Trust as one of its main beneficiaries last year to coincide with Scotland’s historic hosting of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the funds that have been raised will go towards the development of junior golf at the grass roots level.

The Scottish Golf Charitable Trust was founded in 2013 as a fundraising platform to support three key elements of the governing bodies’ activities, namely junior golf, education and the environment.

The Scottish Golf Union has been working with The Sportsman’s Charity since 2007, supporting their golf events and various other fundraising activities.

“On behalf of The Sportsman’s Charity, we’re delighted to be supporting the development of junior golf in the knowledge that the funding will go towards getting more youngsters playing the game,” said former Edinburgh rugby star Paterson.


“Golf is a fantastic sport to play as a youngster, and through my own experience of playing at Galashiels and Torwoodlee in my childhood, it offers many benefits.

“It was great to meet the youngsters from Ratho Primary School and see their enthusiasm for the sport, as well as the dedicated volunteers from the golf club, who help make golf such fun in the early stages for the kids.

“Hopefully, the support from our charity is going to help grow the game throughout the country.”

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