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December 2014

Successful Positive Coaching Scotland conference at national stadium

BT Murrayfield played host to some 120 individuals, representing 28 clubs, for the annual Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) conference recently.

This was the most highly attended of the three national conferences to date, and provided some positive discussion for attendees to take back to their clubs, for their development.

The afternoon’s key-note speakers were, Peter Gallagher, a former Border Reivers coach and Scotland 7s manager who is now involved with Duns Rugby Club, and the club’s development officer Robert Grigg, who spoke on developing change in clubs.

Representing sportscotland was Grand Slam hero Tony Stanger and Alan and Linda Lawson who kick-started the event with some inspirational words on behalf of the Bill McLaren Foundation.

Neil Graham, Coaching Development Manager for Scottish Rugby, said: “This year’s PCS conference has been a great success giving accredited clubs the chance to share good practice and new ideas, to take on going forward.

“With some quality speakers present, including the likes of Tony Stanger, the club representatives took away some key messages and ideas we want them to absorb and develop.”

November 2014

Trust Rugby International earns Positive Coaching award

Trust Rugby International, also known as TRI or The Clan, are the most recent rugby outfit to earn the prestigious Positive Coaching Scotland accreditation, in association with the Bill McLaren Foundation.

Based in Kilmarnock, TRI are currently the only unified team in Scotland, meaning both disabled and non-disabled athletes compete in the same team.

Their vision is to bring individuals, communities and cultures together through rugby and to instil empowerment, trust, teamwork and confidence into their participants.

As well as the exciting news of the coaching award they have also appointed Scotland 7s international, from Ayrshire, Colin Shaw as their ambassador and they will play a showcase game at half-time during Scotland’s final viagogo Autumn Test match v Tonga this Saturday (22 November, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, kick-off 2.30pm). 

The Clan have also been invited to represent Scotland at the 2015 Inclusion World Tournament in August 2015 in Bradford. This tournament is being held as part of the legacy for the 2015 World Cup and will be contested by ten countries including England, Wales, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Serbia, Romania and Belgium. 

Jamie Armstrong, TRI Development Director, said: 

The whole process has inspired us all at TRI and helped us clarify what we’re already doing and what we want to improve on.

“This process will undoubtedly improve the quality of what TRI delivers to our members."

Linda Lawson, daughter of Bill McLaren, said:“It was a real privilege to attend the meeting at Kilmarnock Rugby Club and to welcome Trust Rugby International into the PCS family.

Enormous credit goes to Jamie Armstrong and his wonderful coaching staff for all the work they do and then to all the parents, supporters and carers, without whose help their pleasure of training and playing rugby would not be possible. 

TRI earn PCS accreditation“The work of TRI is remarkable and apart from playing rugby the life skills that these players have developed and the confidence that goes with being part of this special family epitomises the values that makes rugby such a special game. My dad would have heartily endorsed that.

“I have always known that rugby is a great game and The Clan have now proved that it is also a great game for all.” 

TRI join Alloa, Berwick, Bishopton, Cartha Queen’s Park, Caithness, Currie, Dundee Wasps, Dunfermline, Duns, Ellon, Forrester, Garnock, Hamilton, Highland, Hillfoots, Irvine, Langholm, Lasswade, Lochaber, Melrose, Mull, North Berwick, Peebles, Perth, Ross Sutherland, Stew-Mel Lions and  Strathendrick by earning PCS accreditation.

The Positive Coaching Scotland programme in association with The Bill McLaren Foundation operates as a partnership between sportscotland, the Winning Scotland Foundation, the Bill McLaren Foundation and Scottish Rugby and has the main aims to build and sustain a strong and positive rugby culture in order to develop young rugby players and develop young people through the sport.  This programme forms part of sportscotland’s national roll out of the Positive Coaching Scotland programme through governing bodies and local authorities.

June 2014

Perthsire host annual Positive Coaching Scotland festival

Some 46 teams, from Caithness to Duns, took part in the second annual Positive Coaching Scotland festival held at the home of Perthshire RFC, Inch Park, this week.  

The teams, from 15 clubs around the country, ranged from players in primary four all the way through to those in second year of secondary school. Read more...

Garnock growth gains Positive Coaching Scotland accreditation

Garnock became the 26th club to achieve Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) accreditation, as they look to continue building their strong youth section in all facets from social inclusion to individual player development.  Read more...


May 2014

North Berwick community links rock solid

North Berwick is the latest club to achieve Positive Coaching Scotland accreditation as they look to build on their strong links with the local high school. Read more...


April 2014

Currie and Strathendrick achieve PCS accreditation

Currie and Strathendrick are the latest of 23 clubs to achieve Bill McLaren Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) accreditation. Read more...


December 2013

21 clubs now on board with Positive Coaching programme

The Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) programme now has over 20 accredited rugby clubs on its books, since its inception in August 2011.

Melrose in the country’s south east, Dundee Wasps further north and Irvine in the west are the latest clubs to join the programme that is supported by the Bill McLaren Foundation, sportscotland and the Winning Scotland Foundation.


November 2013

Scottish Rugby hold PCS national seminar

Scottish Rugby had more than 90 people representing 26 clubs (15 accredited and 11 on route) from all corners of Scotland attend their Positive Coaching Scotland national seminar at Murrayfield for the on Saturday 9 November 2013. Representatives from sportscotland and Winning Scotland Foundation were there to understand how rugby intend to take the programme forward.


September 2013

Bishopton in youth recruitment drive for new season.


August 2013

Coaching the community

Scottish Rugby continues to embed itself within local communities as Peebles is named as part of Sportscotland’s Positive Coaching Scotland programme.


May 2013

Positive Coaching success in Perth and Mull

Inch Park in Perth was packed out with over 750 young rugby players, coaches and parents, representing 41 teams and 15 clubs, for the first Positive Coaching Scotland Festival.

Lochaber aims for positive future

Lochaber Rugby Club, in Fort William, has this week been awarded the Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) award, as they aim to build and sustain a positive rugby culture through all levels at Banavie. Lochaber is the 16th club to win the award.


April 2013

Positive future for Highland

Highland Rugby Club has become the 15th club in Scotland to achieve accreditation from Positive Coaching Scotland in association with the Bill McLaren Foundation.


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