Coaching The Bishopton Way

A rugby club in the west of Scotland has scooped a major rugby award.

Bishopton Rugby Club, who play in RBS West Regional Division 4, have become the second club in the country to receive recognition from Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) in association with the Bill McLaren Foundation.

They follow in the footsteps of Hillfoots RFC in Clackmannanshire who received their accreditation in December last year.

The small village club focuses its attention on attitude over ability and that every player has the potential to be great. They also hold their local community and the long term development of players in the highest regard.

Bishopton’s President, Graeme Adam, said: “The club has being going since 1994 and numbers have fluctuated during that time. However at the moment we have a very assertive coaching staff led by brothers David and Andrew Jackson.

“We have two senior teams (first fifteen and development fifteen) and 100 youngsters playing rugby on a Sunday as well as 20 micros.

“The first fifteen’s average age is 23 and a lot of the boys playing with the development team are new to rugby and learning the game from scratch.

“The Positive Coaching Scotland initiative has and will continue to help the club to grow and attract young players. We simply want to get as many people in the community involved in rugby and offer them the highest standard of coaching. If we do this we won’t just attract children we will interest their parents too.”

David Jackson added: “Gaining the PCS accreditation has been a tremendous process for Bishopton Rugby Club.

“Coaching within our club, particularly over the past two years since we re-launched our junior section, has been focused on teaching the skills of our game in a fun and inclusive manner.

“The positive feedback that we continue to receive from parents has been inspiring and the number of players, across our junior and senior age groups, has grown beyond our own expectations.

“We are a community club and I'm pleased to say that rugby in our community is currently thriving. I'm confident that with PCS values at the heart of our culture it will continue to thrive for many years to come.”

Over the past month Bishopton have worked on creating a coaching and performance ethos unique to the club, and from now on they will strive to promote integrity, respect, effort, attitude and engagement at all levels, in every age group and with all players, coaches and club members.

Beth MacLeod of sportscotland, a partner of PCS, said: “Through sport, young people can learn valuable life lessons. That’s why sportscotland, the national agency for sport, is leading the national implementation of the PCS programme with the support of local authority partners and national governing bodies like Scottish Rugby.

“We’re absolutely delighted that the initiative is receiving such fantastic support from the Bill McLaren Foundation and we would like to congratulate Bishopton RFC on their accreditation.”

The Positive Coaching Scotland programme, in association with the Bill McLaren Foundation, encourages parents, players and coaches to work together and formulate a mission statement and ethos by which the club lives and breathes, with the process being managed by the Positive Coaching Scotland manager, Bosman Du Plessis. PCS is the flagship programme of the Winning Scotland Foundation.