Inch Park in Perth was packed out with over 750 young rugby players, coaches and parents, representing 41 teams and 15 clubs, yesterday (19 May) for the first Positive Coaching Scotland Festival.
On the day, three awards were up for grabs, with Peebles scooping up the “Best Team Effort” accolade in the P4/5 category and Dunfermline in the older P6/7 age-group. The same award for S1/2 teams was shared between Ellon and Highland.
Alan and Linda Lawson were on hand, on behalf of the Bill McLaren Foundation, to present the awards.
Positive Coaching Scotland manager, Bosman Du Plessis, said: “The festival in Perth was excellent and the effort and sportsmanship shown by all the teams was a great advert of what we’re trying to achieve through the initiative; developing a positive ethos in young rugby players.
“One thing that stood out for me was the fact that all of the clubs involved, honour our great sport of rugby and its values which Bill McLaren held so dearly.
“Congratulations to Peebles, Dunfermline, Ellon and Highland for winning the “Best Team Effort” awards in the various categories and a big thank you to Scottish Rugby staff for their commitment in running this event.
“Special credit to James Wade, the Perthshire development officer who did an outstanding job, hosting the event.
“The commitment from our volunteers in developing our young players was first class. Mike Robins (Hillfoots), Stephen Running (Cartha QP), Andy Jackson (Bishopton) and Andy Morgan (Dunfermline), all programme leaders in accredited clubs and PCS ambassadors worked with referees and coaches to do the scoring.
“This festival was a celebration of the valuable partnership between sportscotland, The Winning Scotland Foundation, The Bill McLaren Foundation and Scottish Rugby.”
A special scoring mechanism was used at the festival that considered tries scored, individual skill, team ethic, respect for the referee and sportsmanship. Each individual section was scored out of four and a final score of up to 20 was awarded.
As well as the festival, Mull Rugby Club picked up their Positive Coaching Scotland award on Saturday (18 May). They are the 17th club to earn the prestigious accreditation and the first from the Scottish islands.
The award was presented at their annual primary tag festival and the Mull 7s.
Mull Development Manager and PCS Programme Leader, Fergus Whyte, said: “Being involved in the PCS Process has opened a new chapter for the Isle of Mull Rugby Club. We have always viewed ourselves as a very positive club and strive to do our best.
“Through the PCS process we have had an opportunity to take a fresh look at our aims and values and how we can achieve them involving all our partners. We’re delighted to achieve this accreditation and look forward to becoming an even better club for all in our community.”
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 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.
Mull joins Alloa, Berwick, Bishopton, Cartha Queen’s Park, Caithness, Dunfermline, Duns, Ellon, Forrester, Highland, Hillfoots, Langholm, Lasswade, Lochaber, Perth and Stew-Mel Lions in winning the award.