Players are leading the way in a bid to boost specialist sevens coaching in Scotland.
A number of Scotland 7s players are being trained as IRB Educators to deliver the IRB level one sevens coaching course to new and aspiring sevens coaches.
Former Scotland 7s captain, Scott Forrest and recently capped sevens players, Peter Jericevich (Ayr), Mark Cairns (Currie) and Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors) [pictured], among other Scottish coaches, took part in the intensive, three day course, at Murrayfield, to be trained as sevens IRB educators.
Cairns, who coached the George Watson’s College under-16 team to victory in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup back in November, spoke to www.scottishrugby.org on why he’s getting involved in the initiative.
He said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to win seven caps for Scotland 7s so far, travelling to Dubai, Wellington and Hong Kong, among others and that was an excellent experience.
I now coach the George Watson’s College under-16 team, as well as being a PE teacher at the school and the Currie sevens team, so to be part of the IRB educators group is another great opportunity to further my development and to teach others at home and abroad about sevens rugby.”
Scottish Rugby’s coach development officer, Andrew Douglas, said: “With the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow this year and another Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s being hosted at Scotstoun Stadium, we’re hoping the profile of sevens will increase in 2014.
Scottish Rugby launched ‘A Year of Sevens’ back in January with 2014 welcoming the third Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May) and a home Commonwealth Games, at which rugby sevens will play a key part at Ibrox Stadium (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July).
As well as these international events, this course becomes another element in building a legacy for the sport that was created in the Border town, Melrose.
Therefore, it is important for us that we have an educated workforce in place to meet the demand for sevens in Scotland. We’re training nine IRB Educators, in partnership with sportscotland, who will each then delivery the IRB level 1 sevens coaching course over the coming months and into next season.”
To watch a video interview with Douglas and Jericevich visit www.scottishrugby.org.