A club in the highlands has recently won a coaching award and set the foundations of a positive future for their young players.
Lochaber Rugby Club, in Fort William, has this week been awarded the Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) award, as they aim to build and sustain a positive rugby culture through all levels at Banavie. Lochaber is the 16th club to win the award.
Gary Hendrie, Lochaber PCS programme leader said: “Lochaber Rugby Club are pleased and committed to work in conjunction with the Bill McLaren Foundation and Positive Coaching Scotland, to deliver the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and enjoyment.
“We want to build and sustain Lochaber Rugby Club for future generations through commitment and hard work. In the future we aim to set achievable goals and work hard to achieve these, then set new targets, but never forget where we have come from."
Beth MacLeod, lead manager for PCS at sportscotland said: “It’s fantastic to see Lochaber achieve their PCS accreditation and take a positive coaching ethos into the heart of their club.
“The programme is designed to get everyone involved in clubs to create a positive environment for young people participating in sport and it’s encouraging to see a 16th club embracing its principles. We wish them luck on their PCS journey.”
The Positive Coaching Scotland programme in association with The Bill McLaren Foundation operates as a partnership between sportscotland, the Winning Scotland Foundation, the Bill McLaren 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 and develop young people through the sport.
This programme forms part of sportscotland’s national roll out of the Positive Coaching Scotland programme through governing bodies and local authorities.
Lochaber joins Alloa, Berwick, Bishopton, Cartha Queen’s Park, Caithness, Dunfermline, Duns, Ellon, Forrester, Highland, Hillfoots, Langholm, Lasswade, Perth and Stew-Mel Lions in winning the award.