THE Calcutta Cup touched down in Lochgelly as local youngsters got their hands on the prize.

The iconic trophy was presented to pupils from Beath and Lochgelly High who had been participating in the School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) programme.

Youngsters also received certificates for the work they've put in throughout the course during the past academic year.

Lisa Martin, of Scotland's national women's team, made a visit to the Lochgelly Centre and gave an inspiring speech on not giving up on the pitch and in life.

She was aided by a video which showed her male counterparts fighting back from 31-0 down against England to retain the historic cup earlier this year by levelling the match which finished 38-38.

She said: "School of Hard Knocks represents so much of what’s good about rugby - people of all ages and backgrounds entering into the spirit of the game. Everyone is equal on the rugby pitch!

"I’ve worked with a number of the SOHK groups and have found it hugely rewarding.

"The journey each graduate takes both on and off the field is amazing."

A total of 110 pupils in S2 and S3 from Beath, Lochgelly, Auchmuty and Inverkeithing enrolled in the programme during the school year, with all four schools attending the event held earlier this month.

The SOHK schools initiative is designed to support young people in reaching their potential using rugby training and the sport's values, personal development sessions and one-to-one mentoring.

Their adult programme has also been hugely successful, with an eight-week course being held at Dunfermline Rugby Club last year.