Rugby

The Trust employ a full-time development officer to “grow the game” locally.  In the district we have 3 rugby clubs, Lenzie RFC, Allan Glens Academy Rugby Club, and West of Scotland FC.  Each club provides sessions for both junior and adult participants.

Our main focus here is developing rugby through both our primary and secondary schools throughout the district, creating links from our schools into their local rugby clubs.  For more info please select our TRY Rugby  tab below.

We are also targeting volunteer and coach development as one of our outcomes from our development program.  Its no secret that highly qualified coaches are better equipped to provide active, safe and enjoyable sessions.

Try Rugby

The Trust is launching the new “TRY Rugby!” program at primary schools throughout the district.

The foundation of the program is to provide each school pupil between P4 to P7 a block of structured (non contact) rugby sessions.  The grand finale of each (curricular time) block of tasters the participating schools and pupils will descend upon their local community rugby club for a Festival of Rugby where they will play a series of games as well as further develop their skills in a fun environment.

Following the taster sessions and festival we will be running a 5 week cluster after school club.  These will be based at either the schools local community rugby club or at the clusters associated secondary school.  This will help develop a familiarity and links between the child / family and of course your potential rugby club.

Details of our local rugby clubs and their feeder clusters are available in Club rugby.

Ages and Stages

Underpinning the TRY Rugby program is the rationale behind such a targeted approach in the primary schools.  We want to better prepare our participants not just for the rigors of rugby but across all sports.  Our FUNdementals stage helps participants develop their ABC’s (Agility, Balance, Coordination) as well as introducing them to physical competence in terms of stability and flexibility.

Please read our brief guide on our focus stages and who the main contacts are at your local club for your child’s age and stage.

FUNdementals (P1 – P4/5):

Driving Philosophy – Learning to love the game, learning to move.

At the stage you are learning the basic movements involved in rugby.  If you are a boy you will be aged 5 to 9 (P1 to P5) and for girls you will be at this stage from the ages of 5 to 8 (P1 to P4).  You will be developing physical competence, for example agility, balance, flexibility as well as basic skill development.

FUNdementals is delivered in phases throughout the year and these are listed below:

1.Introducing touch / tag rugby
2.Developing touch / tag rugby
3.Tag/touch to tackle
4.Developing contact

All sessions will be planned and executed using the APES principles (Active, Purposeful, Enjoyable, Safe) and are mostly delivered through games.

If you would like to learn to coach at this “age stage” please contact our Rugby Development Officer, Derek O’Riordan about attending the next Mini Coaching Conference, Practical Rugby Ready and / or UKCC Level 1.  You can find the dates on the coach education calendar on the right hand tab.

Learning to Play (P4/5 - P7/S1)

Driving Philosophy – Learn the basic skills of the game.

This stage of LTPD is aimed at boys from P5 to S1 and girls from P4 to P7.  There is a strong focus on basic skill competence in terms of handling, running, contact, defending, team work, continuity, kicking & catching as well as set piece play.

The “curriculum” for “Learning to play” is split into 4 stages:

1.       Developing the invasion and evasion game
2.       Further develop contact skills
3.       Role of the set piece
4.       Developing game play / understanding

Again all sessions follow the APES principle and are coached through games.

If you would like to learn to coach at this “age stage” please contact our Rugby Development Officer, Derek O’Riordan about attending the next Mini Coaching Conference, Practical Rugby Ready and / or UKCC Level 1.  You can find the dates on the coach education calendar on the right hand tab.

Club Rugby

There are three amateur clubs in East Dunbartonshire, Lenzie RFC, Allan Glens RFC and West of Scotland FC.

Each club runs their own junior sections from Primary 1 to Under 18's as well as each club having a thriving senior section playing in various competitions from district up to Scottish Premiership Division 2.  Each of these clubs are also aligned with a professional club, Glasgow Warriors who play out Scotstoun.

Details of our local rugby clubs and their feeder clusters are as follows: 

Lenzie Rugby Football Club Allan Glens Rugby Club West of Scotland Football Club  

Lenzie Academy

Lenzie Moss PS
Lenzie PS
Lairdsland PS
Millersneuk PS

Bishopbriggs Academy

Balmuildy PS
Meadowburn PS
Wester Cleddens Primary
Woodhill PS
Auchinairn PS

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden PS
Baljaffray PS
Castlehill PS
Mosshead PS

Kirkintilloch High

Harestanes PS
Hillhead PS
Oxgang PS
Twechar PS
Gartconner PS

Turnbull High School

St Helens PS
St Matthew’s PS
St Andrew’s PS

Boclair Academy

Colquhoun Park PS
Killermont PS
Torrance PS
Westerton PS

St Ninian’s High

Holy Family PS
St Flannan’s PS
St Machan’s PS
St Joseph’s PS
St Agatha’s PS

 

Douglas Academy

Baldernock PS
Clober PS
Craigdhu PS
Milngavie PS

Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors are one of two professional clubs here in Scotland.  Their domestic competition is the Rabbo Direct Pro 12.