The latest stop on the Vodafone Lions Legacy Tour has helped raise vital funds for local rugby, while highlighting the role that the sport can play in helping veterans transition back into civilian life.
- Vodafone Lions Legacy Tour sees rugby legends help to raise over £6,000 for Bannockburn RFC.
- Former British & Irish Lion Tommy Seymour and former Scotland Women’s captain Lisa Martin visited the club alongside The Good, The Bad & The Rugby’s James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne.
- The event celebrated Scottish veterans and the role rugby can play in their transition out of the forces, with Haskell, Tindall and Payne taking part in a number of military challenges, from assault courses to bagpiping.
- As part of the Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour programme, Bannockburn RFC has received a MacBook, a new PA system and a video analysis tool.
Former British & Irish Lion Tommy Seymour and former Scottish Women’s captain and current Saracens centre, Lisa Martin, joined a day of festivities at Bannockburn RFC, in support of Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour.
The Scotland legends were joined by The Good, The Bad & The Rugby’s James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne and over 500 people from the local community for a day of pitchside fun and festivities, helping to raise £6,000 for the Stirling club. The donations, combined with new technology and digital learning opportunities provided by Vodafone, will help to secure the club’s financial stability following a difficult period during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bannockburn roadshow had a particular focus on veterans, celebrating the role rugby can have in helping them transition back into civilian life. Bannockburn’s Director of Rugby, Jimmy Samuel, is a veteran of nine overseas tours, including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq, and is vocal about the positive impact community rugby has had on him since leaving the forces.
Mike Tindall played a full half for Bannockburn’s men’s team as they battled out a valiant defeat against the Scottish Army RFC, whilst their women’s team, the Valkryies, beat Clydebank Ladies 14-7. Tindall, Haskell and Payne also took on a number of military-themed challenges, including bagpiping, an assault course, and a quick kit change, with Payne named the victor by Samuel.