Phil Godman joins High School of Dundee coaching staff

Former Scotland internationalist Phil Godman, has been appointed as The High School of Dundee’s first ever Head of Rugby and Elite Sports Development.

Phil, who gained 23 caps for Scotland at stand-off – as well as playing professionally for Newcastle Falcons, Edinburgh and London Scottish – will lead the development of rugby from primary five upwards and will also be involved in the creation of an integrated elite performance programme, which aims to help develop top level sportsmen and women at the school.

He said: “I am very excited to be taking up the role and I look forward to putting some of the things I have learned in my career, and my own ideas, into practice.

“I have a real passion for schools’ sport and the positive impact it can have on a child's life.

“I can't wait to get started and meet everyone within the school and associated with it.”

The Rector of the High School of Dundee, Dr John Halliday, believes the appointment of such an illustrious sporting figure will be a source of inspiration for his pupils.

Halliday said: “We believe in aspiring to excellence in all things and in Phil we welcome an outstanding international athlete who has reached the very top of his sport.

“The chance to be coached by and learn from a sports star who, for many of our pupils, will be a genuine role model, will be an inspiring experience which we hope will help them make the most of their own sporting talents, and help the school meet its sporting ambitions.”