Scottish Rugby had more than 90 people representing 26 clubs (15 accredited and 11 on route) from all corners of Scotland attend their Positive Coaching Scotland national seminar at Murrayfield for the on Saturday 9 November 2013. Representatives from sportscotland and Winning Scotland Foundation were there to understand how rugby intend to take the programme forward. All attendees then all supported Scotland for the first of the Autumn Internationals against Japan.
Director of Rugby Operations, Colin Thomson, opened the event which invited clubs to tell of their journey through the programme. He said: “This was a first class event and it was great to host these clubs here at Murrayfield and hear from them of the positive steps they have taken to ensure that rugby is introduced, played and sustained within their clubs in a positive environment.”
Guest speakers included Scottish Rugby President Donald Macleod, Scottish Rugby Ambassador, Chris Paterson and Bill McLaren Foundation representatives Alan & Linda Lawson.
Volunteers, Andy Jackson (Bishopton RFC), Brian Colyer (Forrester RFC) and Kevin Storie (Dunfermline RFC) from Positive Coaching Scotland accredited clubs shared the good practice within their clubs.
Sport and Training Consultant Jo Buchanan-Smith was the principle deliverer on the day. Jo is the PCS National trainer for sportscotland and her job is to develop PCS training and deliver it to governing bodies, community clubs and schools across Scotland. She said of the day: “I was genuinely inspired by everyone, who despite the very real challenges facing them on the ground were so motivated and creative in exploring new ideas and potential within their clubs. The way they bounced ideas off each other in such an open manner, trying to find possible solutions to all manner of challenges, will surely have a positive effect on the face of rugby in Scotland."
Scottish Rugby is working tirelessly to spread the PCS messages across all clubs in Scotland. See below for video clips of Chris Paterson and Linda Lawson speaking about the importance of the messages of the programme to their sport.