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Hawks to roost at Kelvinside Academy

The Glasgow rugby club will play their home games at the school's Balgray ground this season

Posted by Julian Owen | August 28, 2018 | Sports & leisure

Kelvinside Academy and Glasgow Hawks RFC have reached an agreement which will see the return of senior rugby to Balgray.

The school’s rugby ground was home to Kelvinside Academicals prior to the formation of GHK in 1983 and hosted Glasgow Hawks’ first ever game in August 1997 – a pre-season encounter against Hawick RFC.

The club side will begin training at Balgray this Tuesday and play their first home game in this season’s Tennent’s Premiership this coming Saturday, when Heriot’s RFC make the trip along the M8.

Kelvinside Academy Rector, Ian Munro, said: “This is a huge coup for our school. Balgray has an incredibly rich rugby history and we’re very excited for this next chapter.

“The partnership is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition to bring senior rugby back to the school. I look forward to an extremely vibrant atmosphere on Saturday afternoons, when Glasgow Hawks games follow what is always a fantastic morning of school rugby and hockey fixtures.

“Our young rugby players will look up to Hawks, and we will work closely with them and GHK to maintain a strong former pupil presence in both sides.”

The partnership will see Hawks play and train at Balgray on Great Western Road and at Craigholme School’s sports complex at Pollok Park. Hawks will provide support to the school’s rugby programme and the organisations will collaborate on a joint sporting facilities development plan.

“The facilities, set-up and ambition at Kelvinside are second to none and a perfect fit for Hawks."

Kenny Hamilton, Glasgow Hawks’ President, believes this can help the club reach the next level.

He said: “This is a landmark move for rugby in Glasgow. The partnership with Kelvinside Academy and our new home will provide a solid foundation for growth, and will open our club to a whole raft of new opportunities.”

“Glasgow Hawks’ roots are intertwined with th school and everyone at the club is incredibly excited about what will be a fantastic move for us.”

Bob Coats, Hawks’ Director of Rugby added: “The facilities, set-up and ambition at Kelvinside are second to none and a perfect fit for Hawks. The move complements a comprehensive reassessment of our core operations.”

“We now have a 1st XV framework which will strengthen our ties with other Glasgow clubs in a meaningful way. Our existing partnerships with Royal Navy (Scotland), University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde will also continue to grow as we work with Scottish Rugby’s Super 6 Regional Taskforce in the coming months.”

Kelvinside Academy also recently announced that Balgray will host a GHK first XV home game next season, further solidifying its link with the FP side.

 

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