Edinburgh property developer Qmile Group has announced a two-year partnership with Watsonian Warriors, the mini rugby section of Scottish National League 1 and Super6 rugby club Watsonian FC.
The partnership will see all Watsonian Warriors mini rugby teams, which run from Primary 2 to Primary 7, and coaching staff provided with new kit and rugby equipment carrying the developer’s logo. More than 250 mini players are registered with the club.
In addition, Qmile Group will be headline sponsor of Watsonian Warriors’ annual mini rugby tournament which attracts up to 600 children and their parents from clubs throughout Scotland.
Qmile Group is currently responsible for the £100m residential development at Craighouse which neighbours Watsonian FC’s Myreside ground.
Once complete, Craighouse will comprise a mix of 145 townhouses and apartments. The 52-acre development offers both new build properties and conversions, including Category A-listed buildings. 32 homes with a combined value in excess of £25m have already been reserved off-plan at Craighouse.
Qmile Group is also delivering the £300m Haymarket development in the West End of the capital which includes Grade A offices, hotels and retail accommodation to create a world-class place for business, leisure and hospitality. In addition, the developer delivered Quartermile, Edinburgh city centre’s landmark £750m mixed-use development.
Commenting on the partnership, Watsonian FC director of rugby, Chris Hunter, said: “Qmile Group’s support of Watsonian Warriors is tremendously important for our club and one that we are very proud to have secured.
“It will help us continue to discover and develop the future talent of Scottish rugby, whilst ensuring we have the very best kit and equipment for our teams and their coaches. We anticipate another fun and rewarding season for our minis, and we look forward to Qmile Group enjoying the journey with us.”
Watsonian FC was founded in 1875 as a club for former pupils of George Watson’s College. In addition to the mini section, it has two men’s senior teams and a women’s team.
Qmile Group chief executive, Paul Curran, added: “Partnering with Watsonian Warriors is very exciting for us. Watsonian FC is an important part of the local community and with our Craighouse development neighbouring the club, it makes perfect sense for us to provide our support.
“We are all looking forward to getting further involved with the club and playing our part in its continued success, both on and off the pitch.”