A SUCCESSFUL rugby team is celebrating a try-mendous new deal.

East Lothian Girls Rugby clinched the Under-16 Girls Aspiring League at the end of last year having previously reached the final of the Under-16 Scottish Youth Cup at BT Murrayfield.

Now, FCC Environment, which provide all food waste and recycling collections across the county, has joined forces with the rugby club in a new sponsorship deal.

The matchday kit for the team, which is open to girls between the ages of 12 and 18, brings a much needed boost after a another stellar season for the girls’ team.

The East Lothian Girls team was formed in 2017 as a result of a lack of secondary school girls’ rugby in the area.

Many girls wanted to learn and play but the small numbers prevented the formation of a competitive team.

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The club wanted to create an environment where the girls could come together to train and play and the club has expanded from a few girls to well over 20 now regularly training at Mary Murray Park in Prestonpans.

FCC Environment took on responsibility for the collection of food waste and recycling from some 54,000 properties in East Lothian.

But with the population expected to grow significantly, FCC has a clear focus on driving up recycling rates and improving material quality in line with the Scottish Governments’ Household Recycling Charter.

Steve Longdon, operations director, said: “As a business we are deeply invested in the community in East Lothian and we work hard to take care of our environment.

“But to be able to go over and above and support such a successful rugby team is great for us and we look forward to being able to cheer the girls on to ever greater success.”

To find out more information, email eastlothiangirlsrugby@gmail.com