Thank you for supporting the Bill McLaren Foundation!


The Bill McLaren Foundation has given over £900,000 to good causes mainly in Scotland but also further afield in Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Our giving is mainly to grassroot clubs but we also support other charities and organisations.  To date we have given funding to the following:




The Positive Coaching Scotland programme driven by Winning Scotland Foundation and delivered by the SRU - Helping younsters develop life skills through playing rugby - something that epitomises what Bill McLaren did as a teacher in Hawick - £130,000



The Bhubesi Pride project in Africa which gives aspiring coaches the chance to deliver to young people life skills and health messages through playing rugby in several countries from Kenya to South Africa over a seven month period. We initially funded the transport costs but now provide bursaries for up to eight young people so they can have a life changing experience - £56,000



Over 70 grants to clubs mainly in Scotland, many to help support funding for Development Officers and Assistant Development Officers - £239,000



Helping clubs and trusts help themselves by raising funds from partnership events. We help clubs  run events, be it lunches or dinners and share in the proceeds with them  -  £379,000

We have also given funds to overseas projects in Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa and Bahrain - £47,000


Although our main thrust is supporting teams we have helped certain individuals in realising their dreams. We also have given funding to support Disabled groups play sport - £32,000


We are supporting Doddie Weir’s Foundation by providing an exclusive Big Sheet which is being used to help with his fund raising - £45,000 so far to date



The easiest way to make a donation to the Foundation is by using JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving - then we are also able to claim Gift Aid.

Alternatively - please use one of the following options.


Direct Debit




To pay by cheque please send a cheque made payable to The Bill McLaren Foundation to:


The Bill McLaren Foundation,

Heart of Hawick, Hawick,

TD9 0AE.






© Bill McLaren Foundation 2016 Registered Charity Number SC041238

The Bill McLaren Foundation

Heart of Hawick