Community projects come in many different shapes and forms. Boroughmuir Rugby & Community Sports Club (BR&CSC) often supports individuals from the community in helping them reach a goal or a piece of work that is important to their careers.
Recently BR&CSC, was approach by local Photography student, Greg Abramowicz to support him in a project he was undertaking for his Edinburgh Colleague course.
As a result of working with BR&CSC and his own brilliant talent, Greg’s work was recognised by Edinburgh Colleague and peers and was awarded The Student Photographer of the Year Award by British Institute of Professional Photography.
“The series of images I produced for Boroughmuir Rugby Club was part of my college project. I wanted to create an advertising campaign promoting sports club. Rugby was one of the obvious choices, as it is very popular in UK.
I contacted Justin Tito, Director of Marketing and Communications at Boroughmuir, who was very helpful from the very beginning. He got me access to the venue, organised one of the players - Jamie, who was excellent in front of the camera - and all the props.”
After a number of 1st XV players turned down the opportunity, Bears Player of the Year, Jamie Summers stepped up to help support this project.
“I was asked to come along to meggetland on a Sunday afternoon to have a couple of photos taken professionally, in order to promote Boroughmuir Rugby club as well as add to the photographers (Greg’s) portfolio It was a lot more professional than I expected, top of the range equipment etc.”
With support from Edinburgh Leisure’s Cathy Findlay, who provided access to the grounds to support this project, Greg got underway with his project.
“We shot on two different occasions as the weather was not helping us, but the final outcome was better than I expected. The images show the drama, emotions and dynamics as I intended and hopefully they convey the spirit of rugby.
These photographs were also a part of my portfolio that won me The Student Photographer of the Year Award by British Institute of Professional Photography and I'm hoping they will be a part of successful season for Boroughmuir Rugby.”
If you were wondering what this success has done for Jamie’s profile?
“It was good to represent Boroughmuir Rugby. I got a bit of stick from the lads but I'm sure they're just jealous! People were really impressed with the quality of the photos.”
You will have noticed that Greg's images now form the basis of some of our visuals used through out the club, from our website, social media and e-newsletter.
Congratulations Greg from everyone at BR&CSC. To see all of Greg’s work from his project with us, click on this link to our Flickr site.
If you or know someone looking to build their experience in their chosen field, check out our ‘Work Experience’ page on our website to see what opportunities we have, or just drop us a note with ideas on what you want to do and we will do our best to provide you the right mentor, training and experience to help you start your career in sports.