Bishopton in youth recruitment drive for new season

One of Scottish Rugby’s first Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) accredited clubs has been making a proactive attempt to bring in fresh talent to their youth section by delivering a workshop to all new parents about the club and their PCS ethos.

Bishopton PCSBishopton Rugby Club, first earned their coaching award back in January 2012 and they’re now doing everything they can to ensure they build on the strong youth section that they have.

In particular, the micros section has powered ahead with so much steam that they have had to start a waiting list for new recruits as they only have the capacity to coach 45 players at a time.

Since winning the award the Renfrewshire club have put a strong emphasis on attitude over ability and that their coaching is continually delivered in a fun manner.

Club Secretary and PCS Champion, Andy Jackson, said:

“It’s important that as we continue to expand, we reinforce the club ethos and culture to new players and parents. We hope ultimately, some of these parents, will become new coaches and volunteers to continue to allow us to grow as a club.”

Bosman du Plessis, PCS manager for Scottish Rugby said “I’m thrilled to see this level of ownership from Bishopton in promoting their club ethos.  This initiative is a first of its kind and we hope to see more of our accredited clubs engage with their parents in this way as we know that they are at the heart of our rugby culture and we therefore value them immensely.”

The Positive Coaching Scotland programme in association with The Bill McLaren Foundation operates as a partnership between sportscotland, the Winning Scotland 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 both on and off the field and in everyday life.  

Currently, 18 of Scottish rugby’s clubs are PCS accredited. The programme forms part of sportscotland’s national roll out of the Positive Coaching Scotland programme through governing bodies and local authorities.