Midlothian car dealership, Alex F Noble & Son has this month clocked up 30 years’ association with Lasswade RFC.
The firm started its connection with the club back in 1985 initially sponsoring the team on an informal basis through programme advertising and match day hospitality.
As the club grew in stature over the years, the sponsorship package developed in tandem culminating in 2008 with Alex F Noble & Son becoming the club’s main sponsor and supplying, for the first time, a brand new Nissan vehicle for the club’s use.
Now, in 2015, the dealership has clocked up its seventh year in succession as main sponsor with the recent delivery of the latest Nissan model, a new, fully insured and maintained Nissan Pulsar 1.6 DiGT which, according to Lasswade RFC club president, Ian Barr, is proving particularly invaluable in helping the National 2 side in its quest to develop rugby as a curriculum sport in all schools in Midlothian.
Ian said: “Our thanks once again go to Alex F Noble & Son for their continued support over an amazing thirty year period, but particularly over the last seven years as main sponsor, where they have been good enough to supply us with a new vehicle on an annual basis.
“The Pulsar vehicle is proving particularly invaluable in our drive to grow new rugby talent within our community through our schools programme which goes from strength to strength. We now regularly visit around 14 primary and 2 secondary schools across the region.
“Our new School of Rugby at Lasswade High School, which has been developed in partnership with the school, Scottish Rugby and Midlothian Council, is now in its second year and is going well. The coaching is excellent with teams in every year group from S1 to under18, with a full fixture list right through until April 2016. The joint venture is challenging but numbers are increasing and the skill levels are improving.
“Unbelievably, Lasswade High is still the only school in Scotland where you can take rugby as a subject and with there being a massive and worrying drop off in interest in rugby throughout Scotland in the 16 to 18 age group, it’s good to see the Midlothian community actively trying to do something to stem the flow.
“Without Alex F Noble & Son’s assistance, we would obviously struggle to deliver rugby throughout our local area. We are indebted to them for their long standing and valuable support.”
David Noble, dealer principle at Alex F Noble & Son Nissan said: “We’re very pleased to have been associated with Lasswade RFC at various levels over the last 30 years and delighted that the new Pulsar is making such a huge contribution to the club’s commendable schools education programme. Everyone at the dealership wishes Lasswade RFC continued success on and off the field.”