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RGU cricketer to lead Scotland in UAE tournament


A Robert Gordon University (RGU) sport scholar will compete for Scotland in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early next year.

Abbi Aitken cricketAbbi Aitken, 21, from Montrose, will captain the Scotland Wildcats Development Cricket Squad in an Arch Trophy tournament which they have been invited to compete in by sport tour specialists, Sport Arabia.

Taking place in February 2013, the tour will see Scotland’s brightest rising stars of the women’s game play four 40-overs matches against a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Development team, Wales and several English counties.

Abbi, who is in her third year of an Events Management degree at RGU, is no stranger to playing for her country. She has represented Scotland at Under 17 and Under 21 levels in Holland, Spain, Ireland, South Africa and China.

She said: “This tournament will allow us an early opportunity to put all the hard work over the winter into practice a lot earlier than usual. It’s a trip that all the girls selected will be excited about, although there is a lot of fundraising to do, but we are all determined to play our part in making this trip possible.  I would like to thank Sport Arabia for extending the invitation to us.”

The Witherby Publishing Group Charitable Trust is a significant contributor to cricket development in Scotland, and has agreed to support the tour.

The squad will also organise fundraising events over the winter to raise the £15,000 needed to make the trip possible. Those looking to support the team in the UAE can donate on the Virgin Money Giving site.

The 16-strong squad for the UAE tournament will be announced in due course.

Abbi is supported by the RGU: SPORT scholarship programme which provides tailor-made training, financial assistance and lifestyle management. 

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer |Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389
Email: a.c.youngson@rgu.ac.uk