Mckelvey: Personal Development Key To Momentum

Scotland under-18 head coach, Grant McKelvey, has challenged his players to take control of their personal development ahead of their final preparation fixture for this season’s 5 Nations festival.

The age-grade side head south to face Leicester Tigers’ under-19 Academy side on Sunday (5 April, kick-off 12 noon) and McKelvey believes that while the young squad are buoyed by last week’s emphatic 57-3 win over the Boys Clubs of Wales, personal development off the pitch must be shown on the pitch, week in week out.

Sean Kennedy in action against the Boys Clubs of Wales

Scotland under-18 head coach, Grant McKelvey, has challenged his players to take control of their personal development ahead of their final preparation fixture for this season’s 5 Nations festival.

The age-grade side head south to face Leicester Tigers’ under-19 Academy side on Sunday (5 April, kick-off 12 noon) and McKelvey believes that while the young squad are buoyed by last week’s emphatic 57-3 win over the Boys Clubs of Wales, personal development off the pitch must be shown on the pitch, week in week out.

He said: “We’ve made the players aware that there are improvements to be made but given space and quality possession our game will improve.

“All 26 players have a huge amount of individual responsibility to allow the other 25 to develop and promote themselves – whatever decision a tight-head prop makes has a direct impact on the full-back for example.

“The focus of the programme is self improvement and we do that by comparing our performances from one week to the next – we’re lucky in that respect this season in that we can play one team (England) and then play them again three of four weeks later in Italy.

 “We can prove to the players that they are performing through our analysis and through our support on a one to one basis, but they’ve got to fulfil their part of the deal – it’s their responsibility to apply what we’re doing in practice to what we’re doing in games to take our game forward.”

With the preparation phase just one game from completion, McKelvey is looking to build on the nine-try win over The Boys Clubs of Wales with a good performance against a formidable Leicester.

“Leicester will be huge, they’ll be physical and they’ll be organised – it’ll be a big confrontation for us to deal with so we’ll need accuracy and we’ll need to be dynamic”, added McKelvey.

“The key here is momentum. The players will feel better about themselves after last week and they should have an improved level of confidence – we’re now on the front foot and it’s important that we keep the elements of the game that are going well for us.

“We need to build momentum going into the festival next week and we can only do that by putting a performance together that we can be pleased with.”

Scotland under-18 squad v Leicester Tigers’ Academy under-18, Leicester (5 April, 12 noon)
Forwards

Ross Turner (Fettes College), Mathew Bradford (Allan Glen’s), Steve Quigley (St Mary’s College), Colin Phillips (Stewart’s Melville College), David Cherry (Merchiston Castle School) CAPTAIN, Richard Ferguson (Melrose Wasps), Callum Evans (George Watson’s College), Robert McAlpine (The Glasgow Academy)*, Michael Roy (Musselburgh), Andrew Kirkland (Glasgow Hawks)*, Duncan Finnie (George Watson’s College), Robbie Boswell (Stirling County), Gary Lowrie (Hawick Wanderers), Callum Wishart (Dollar Academy)

Backs
Sean Kennedy (Stirling County), Steven Turnbull (Whitecraigs), Gregor Hunter (Gala Wanderers / Galashiels Academy)*, Stuart Edwards (Stirling County), Henry Oliver (Merchiston Castle School), Danny Gilmour (Stirling County)*, Fraser Clark (Howe of Fife), Courtenay Morrison (Dollar Academy), Glen Bryce (Stirling County) , Jamie Forbes (George Watson’s College), Michael Doneghan (Stewart’s Melville College), Chris Bloomfield (Hymers College)

* Member of National Academy supported by AIS (Area Institute of Sport)

 

 

Head coach
Assistant coach
Assistant coach
CPD coach
Strength and conditioning coach
Team manager
Assistant manager
Team Doctor
Physio
Video Analyst
Team administrator
Media manager
 
Grant McKelvey
Graham Marshall
Alex Duncan
Simon Cross
Val Houston
Euan Kennedy
John Manson
Mike Proudfoot
Nicola McGuire
Murray Craig
Ann McKinsley
Michael James 

Scotland under-18 6 Nations Festival preparation fixtures
Sunday 5 April – Leicester Academy v Scotland under-18, Leicester (kick-off 12 noon)

Six nations under-18 Festival (all times are local)
Match day 1: Sunday 12 April
Wales v Ireland, Parma (kick-off 4pm)
Italy v England, Viadana (kick-off 7.30pm)
Match day 2: Wednesday 15 April
Italy v Ireland, Parma (kick-off 4.30pm)
England v Scotland, Viadana (7.30pm)
Match day 3: Saturday 18 April
Wales v Scotland, Noceto (kick-off 4pm)
England v Ireland, Colorno (kick-off 4pm)