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Netherdale, home of Gala Rugby, will play host to an innovative multi-sport community event involving over 1200 participants on Saturday 18 April 2020.

Showcasing rugby at every level from primary school age through to under-14s, under-16s, under-18s, senior and ladies sections, the ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ event will bring together players from every corner of Scotland in addition to Newcastle and Gosforth.

Taking place alongside football and running events and culminating in the final of the famous Gala 7s, it will be an inclusive celebration of sport.

Gala RFC President Ian Dalgleish, said: “We’ve worked hard in recent years to keep our 7s relevant and we’re confident that our plans for 2020, bringing together a range of sports under one umbrella, will really re-energise the event.

“Gala Rugby has a proud sporting history and many of our club players have gone on to earn international caps. What’s exciting about this concept is that the players’ journey – from primary age groups through to seniors – will be brought to life and will hopefully inspire our future stars.”

In addition to the showpiece sporting event, there will be live bands, street food, themed drinks areas and fun zones. Plans are also underway to hold a Sportsman’s Dinner on the Friday night (17 April).

“It’s going to be a great weekend with something for everyone,” says Dalgleish. “Netherdale is the perfect host venue with eight rugby pitches sitting alongside a 3G pitch at Gala Fairydean Rovers and the Heriot-Watt/Borders College campus which is a real centre of excellence with fantastic facilities. By working together - something we’ve not done to this extent before - we can really maximise what we have to offer.

“We’ve already received a hugely positive response from the local community and we expect that excitement to build as further details are announced in the coming weeks and months.”

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