Former Scotland 7s internationalist, Grant Anderson, is the development officer who will lead the Wooden Spoon initiatives in Inverclyde from a coaching perspective.
Anderson who led today’s partnership launch session at the Fort Matilda Playing Fields and who will guide the teenagers through the ten week course, has been capped eight times for Scotland 7s.
As well as taking up this coaching role, he plays club rugby on a regular basis for Ayr at Millbrae.
Anderson said: “I’m working with 30 young guys who are young offenders, trying to help build up their characters through rugby.
“I’ll take them for a ten week block, coach them every Wednesday for two hours and introduce them to contact, team work, and communications skills and help them with employment opportunities.
“Soon they will be going through the RugbyReady course and hopefully all of this will get them down to the rugby club and playing the game.
“This is a massive opportunity for these boys, especially as they are coming from areas of serious depravation. If I can help them get a job or improve their lives, I’m thrilled to do that.”
For more details on the partnership between Scottish Rugby and Wooden Spoon and on the initiatives they are running click here.