Scottish tenor Luigi Corvi visited East Kilbride Rugby Club as part of his promotional tour for the Decca ‘World in Union’ Album celebrating the Rugby World Cup which features Luigi singing ‘Now is the Time’.
The visit came about as a result of fellow Scots-Italian and MSP for East Kilbride Linda Fabiani who submitted a Parliamentary Motion recognising the achievements of both Luigi and the East Kilbride Rugby Club.
Linda said “I am delighted to welcome Glasgow tenor Luigi Corvi to East Kilbride this evening. I’m sure Luigi’s song ‘Now’s the Time’ will help spur Richie, Alasdair and the rest of the Scotland Team onto great success at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
“I think it is marvellous to see the role East Kilbride Rugby Club has played in producing such talented players and I wish the boys all the best as they prepare for their next match against Georgia.”
Luigi Corvi said “I am honoured that Linda Fabiani MSP is supporting my new anthem for Scotland with her motion in the Scottish Parliament. It was so unexpected; when I heard the news I was literally speechless. To have this support from someone who so passionately cares about culture and the arts, both locally and nationally, means a great deal to me”.
East Kilbride Rugby Club President Lenny Bartwicki said “Everyone at the Rugby Club is excited and looking forward to watching Richie, Alasdair and the boys take on the best in the world at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
“Richie and Alasdair both came through the ranks here at East Kilbride and continue to support the club in anyway they can. Alasdair was here coaching our junior squad members just two days before heading out to New Zealand.
“East Kilbride Rugby Club has strong links with the community. Young players tend to come from the local area and stay with the club all the way through to senior level. It is no surprise that top players such as Gray and Strokosch regularly return to their roots here such is the team spirit and sense of camaraderie. It never leaves them – no matter where their careers take them.
“East Kilbride Rugby Club delivered 400 hours of free coaching in schools last year and is set to do the same again this year. We will be holding ‘Come and Try’ taster sessions in October. Anyone who wants to come along and take part should visit our website or call 07401 062 433 for more details.
“Rugby offers fantastic opportunities for young people. We currently have players undertaking modern apprenticeships through the SRU, learning coaching skills and grass-roots development models. There are also opportunities for businesses to get involved in East Kilbride Rugby Club and join our team as we aim to produce the stars of tomorrow.”