The Foundation was established in October 2006 and given a charitable status the following year. The prime mover behind the creation was Michael Dawson, a life member and former President of the Edinburgh Wanderers Rugby Club.
In the 1970's he introduced mini rugby to the "Wanderers" and on the opening day there was in excess of two hundred ready and willing youngsters keen to sign up. No more need be said regarding his involvement and commitment to give young people a sporting chance!.
The Foundations aims are to enhance life opportunities, well being, healthy living for the local young people, specifically via rugby. This is done by going into schools with a funded Development Officer. Our first Club & Community & Development Officer and longest serving DO has been Stuart Dennis. He was followed by Bradley Moffat and Murray Hastie. Marko Mladenovic is our current DO.
In addition to the DO, the Club and Trust Foundation have worked (in partnership with the SRU) to employ several SVQ / Modern Apprentices/Assistant DOs - Scott Lynes, Matt Lynn, Sarah Quick, Andy Thorburn, Jamie Thorburn, Katie Grant, Luke Mancini, Kerr Rutherford, Lachlan Lee and Nathan Smith. Their collective brief has been to undertake “missionary” work in the local community, primary and secondary schools and to encourage youngsters to benefit from rugby at Murrayfield Wanderers.
All of this effort is done in partnership with the SRU and our schools: Tynecaastle HS and Wester hailes (WHEC), plus their clusters of primary schools.
The club link to the Trust is currently Bill Fell (who is the Trust Secretary and also on the Club Management Committee). See "Contacts" tab on our website to get in touch.