Coaching the community

Scottish Rugby continues to embed itself within local communities as another club has been named as part of Sportscotland’s Positive Coaching Scotland programme.

Sportscotland in association with the Winning Scotland Foundation has come together with the Bill McLaren Foundation and Scottish Rugby to identify Peebles as a club that plays an important role in the development of young people.

The programme seeks to build and sustain a strong and positive rugby culture in order to develop young rugby players and young people through the sport.

Peebles is the 18th club nationally to achieve accreditation and the fourth in the Borders to receive the award as it was presented to the Peebles players, coaches, and parents by Linda Lawson, daughter of Bill McLaren and her husband Alan, former Scottish Rugby internationalist and president.

Tony Leighton, the Peebles club PCS programme leader said: “The aims of PCS are consistent with those of Peebles RFC and so we wanted to formalise our culture and values through the programme.

“We also wanted to use it as an opportunity to develop stronger links across the club itself and strengthen links across the community.”

Scottish Rugby Head of Clubs & Schools, Nick Rennie, said: “I am delighted to see Peebles RFC becoming our first accredited club for the 2013/14 season. Congratulations to Tony Leighton as the programme leader and everyone within the Peebles rugby community with this achievement.

“The PCS programme in association with the Bill McLaren Foundation has produced tangible benefits within our accredited clubs who aim to model the unique ethos of our game which was so important to Bill.

“Scottish Rugby is proud of the environments of respect, friendship and enjoyment that our clubs and schools create, particularly for children and young people, in their local communities across Scotland. This programme is a fantastic vehicle to build on these great qualities.”