Hillfoots – where “everybody plays“
Hillfoots Rugby Football Club was founded in 1971 and for over 40 years has been playing rugby at its home ground of the Public Parks in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The Club House is the Old Mill building in Lower Mill Street which the Club acquired in 1979. There are early stage plans for 2012 & beyond to develop both the playing pitches and club house facilities, read about it here.
Over the last 5 years, the Club has been enjoying a considerable renaissance under the leadership of President Peter Norman (President Pete to his friends!), together with a number of new additions to the Committee.
The Club fields 3 adult teams, a 1st XV, a 2nd XV and a veteran’s social side named The Cast Tups (as a tribute to the Club’s mighty ram mascot). The 1st XV, despite being relegated from the Scottish National Divisions at the end of the 2009/10 season, enjoyed twoseasons in the Caledonia 1 League. Although 2012/13 was a tough season, they will start afresh for 2013/14 under new Head Coach Stuart McGee. The 2nd XV are consistent performers in the RBS Reserve Caledonia Midlands 1 League & they came out on top of that league for 2011-12. The 2ndXV again won their league in 2012/13. The Cast Tups always give lively and inspiring performances when they turn out, sometimes on the pitch as well as from the touch line!
The Junior Section has thrived over the last 5 years since the arrival of Junior Convenor Mike Power. He has expanded the Juniors from a very small base to over 250 registered members and recruited 27 fully qualified volunteer coaches. The numbers of players and coaches have continued to grow in 2013 and the Club has plans to continue this in 2014. There are playing sides in every age group from U6 (P1-3) all the way to U18.
The U18’s side have had an outstanding 2011/12 year under their award winning coach Colin Wright, remaining very rarely beaten in their first season of playing in a league. They have ended the season as the winners of their league for 2011/12 as well as being voted the sporting Team of the Year by Clackmannanshire Council in February 2012. Some of these players had an impact on the Club’s 1st XV & 2nd XV last season. The U18’s are now coached by JP Ward, Muff Scobie & Bryan Conlan for the 2013/14 season.
Hillfoots is a family friendly club with a welcoming atmosphere. We have strong and positive Club values which put playing and participating above outright performance. We believe winners are not born, they are made.
Therefore we invest a considerable amount in quality, positive coaching to bring out the very best in every player. No wonder that Hillfoots has been recognised multiple times in the last 3 years by the SRU. As well as being three times named the fastest growing club in Scotland, Hillfoots was the RBS sponsored Club of the Month for October 2011. In addition, Hillfoots was the first club in the country to achieve accreditation under the newly formed Positive Coaching Scotland & Bill McLaren Foundation partnership. January 2012 saw the RBS 6 Nations Trophy Tour come to Hillfoots, as one of only 6 nationwide stops, in recognition of the Club’s many recent achievements. In April 2013, Mike Robins was named Club Volunteer of the Month by the SRU.
Hillfoots – where “everybody plays”