New coaching team lead Strathendrick into Tennent’s West League Division 1

Strathendrick RFC have appointed Grant Sweenie and Les Wilson as the senior teams coaches for the upcoming campaign in Tennent's West League Division 1.

Following relegation to West League Division 3 in 2015/16, Strathendrick re-grouped and bounced back under the leadership of Neil Callander and Kyle Campbell and secured promotion in two successive seasons. 

They now face the challenge of playing in Tennent's West League Division 1 for the first time - a prospect both players and coaches look forward to with relish.

Newly appointedClub Captain, Angus North, said: “Strathendrick has enjoyed a fantastic couple of seasons and we now want to continue our progress under the guidance of Grant and Les. 

“We are aware that playing in a senior league will demand even higher standards of skills and fitness, so we are fortunate to welcome coaches with such talent and experience to guide us in this endeavour.”

Grant Sweenie enjoyed a playing career with various clubs in the west of Scotland before starting coaching in 2002 with Hillhead Jordanhill.

Since then Sweenie has built his experience and reputation with Glasgow and District U17, Whitecraigs, Hillhead Jordanhill and, most recently, with Paisley RFC for six years. Grant also coaches the University of West of Scotland rugby team on a regular basis.

Wilson began his playing career in rugby league at school and at district level before converting to rugby union with the army – enjoying playing stand-off with army and combined services teams in Germany. Wilson coached age grade rugby before joining Sweenie at Paisley – coaching their forwards for four years.

New StrathendrickClub Coach, Grant Sweenie, said: “I could see Strathendrick are an ambitious club, committed to playing at the highest level.

They are hungry for the challenge ahead and I want to help them achieve their goals in any way that I can.”