‘Support our Services’ night proves a hit

‘Support our Services’ night proves a hit

The first-ever ‘Support our Services’ night at Hive Stadium proved a hit on Friday as Edinburgh Rugby paid tribute to the NHS, emergency services, military and social care sector when taking on Ospreys in the BKT United Rugby Championship.

The club saluted its local services heroes in a night of celebration in the Scottish capital, with Sean Everitt’s side running out 19-15 winners on a night where Edinburgh moved into fourth place in the URC.

Working with Blue Light Card, the capital club offered a 20% discount on match tickets to members, and with nearly 100 card holders attending the clash, there were plenty of service heroes cheering on Edinburgh among the 7,030 crowd at Hive Stadium.

Alongside the club’s work with Blue Light Card, there were plenty of ‘Support our Services’ activations that helped light up match night – including a service hero ball delivery and guard of honour.

The club was honoured to welcome Scott Johnson (police), Jim Lawrie (armed forces), David Kerr (fire service), Flora Pike (NHS), Niccola Bertolotto (social care) to Hive Stadium – with the group taking to the pitch with the match ball ahead of kick-off, receiving the adulation of the capital faithful.

Service heroes also lined up to form a guard of honour, with representatives from the military, police, fire service and NHS all on-pitch ahead of kick-off, joining the mini rugby players from nearby Duns RFC.

The club was delighted to welcome representatives from the local fire and rescue service, police and ambulance service, with emergency vehicles in the fan zone as part of the night of celebration.

With five members of the local fire and rescue service taking part in a half-time ‘dizzy drop goals’ challenge, fans were able to cheer on their local heroes amid a crucial victory in the BKT United Rugby Championship.

Supporters can look forward to further ‘themed nights’ at Hive Stadium with some massive games still to come, including Scarlets (It’s Good 2 Give Family Fun Night), Zebre Parma (Student Night) and Munster (Fan Appreciation Night).

Tickets for the club’s next home fixture, the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of clash against Bayonne on Saturday 6 April (kick-of 8pm), go on public sale tomorrow – don’t miss out on a massive night of European action at Hive Stadium.

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