East Kilbride Rugby Academy



East Kilbride Rugby academy players Connor Wilson, Kieran Noble and Ethan Aitken who enjoyed a trip to France with Glasgow Thistles



A YOUNG trio from East Kilbride Rugby Club experienced what life as a professional rugby player is like on a two-week trip to the south of France.

Connor Wilson, Kieran Noble and Ethan Aitken from EK Rugby Academy’s U18s have just returned from Perpignan after they were invited by Glasgow Thistles to

be part of a squad of only 30 boys from across the West region to take part.

They joined boys from the likes of Ayr and Glasgow Hawks Rugby Clubs on what was the 10th anniversary of the Thistles’ first trip to Europe.

As a leading club for young players, EK has been fortunate to have had a number of players invited every year and other recent invitees include Scotland internationalist Johnny Gray and Olympian Mark Bennett.

The purpose of the trip was to allow the boys to experience what professional life in rugby would be like as well as exposure to specialist coaching.

East Kilbride’s Junior Academy director David Eadie said: “The facilities are superb and have been used as a training camp by the French and Italian Rugby squads as well as the likes of Harlequins and Sale.

“The boys really enjoyed the trip and are encouraged to pass on everything they learned to the younger boys in the Academy.

“This is more positive news for Academy as we continue to go from strength to strength.”

The EK Academy have over 200 players at all age grades, including a girls team.

They had five players selected for the Lanarkshire Lions (a under-15 SRU select squad for promising young players) and have had players selected at Glasgow district under 16, 18 and 20s level.