Hillfoots RFC is managed by a 11 strong volunteer Committee, headed by President Peter Norman. All day to day and development activities are managed or guided by the Committee who meet monthly at the Club House to conduct the Club’s business.
President – Peter Norman
Peter is steeped in rugby. He started playing rugby at the age of 12 whilst a pupil at Alva Academy. He co-founded Hillfoots RFC in 1971 and played in the first ever match against an Alloa RFC 4thXV on 6 March of that year. Peter’s senior playing career began as a 15 year old schoolboy with Strathmore RFC. He continued to play senior rugby until 2005, and today occassionally turns out for The Cast Tups as a prop. Peter was Captain of Hillfoots for 6 years as well as Captain of the North & Midlands District when they won the regional championship. In addition Peter played for Central Scotland Police in the final of British Police Championship as well as for the Scottish Police against the French Police.
Peter’s time as a Committee member started 39 years ago and since then he has held the positions of General Committee member, Fund raiser, Club Captain, Vice President Playing and he is now in his thirteenth year as Club President.
Vice President (Administration) – John Pettersen
Vice President (Finance) – Alan Skilton
Vice President (Playing) – Kevin Manson
Kevin Manson (50) lives in Tillicoultry. He is a qualified rugby coach & currently is the Head Coach for the 1st XV. He has coached all age groups of the Club from P4 up to U18. He also formerly coached the Clackmannanshire Colts U18 side. Kevin joined Hillfoots RFC in 1977 and never left. He was part of the Hillfoots team that won the first U-16 Scottish cup in 1977 (now The Brewin Dolphin Schools cup). He played a couple of times for Midlands District and Edinburgh Borderers.
Kevin has 2 sons, Craig and Gregor, who both play for the 1st XV. Craig is also 1st XV team manager.
Players’ Representative & Club Captain – Campbell Calder
Campbell is the Club Captain following the retirement of Gavin Spowage at the end of the 2012/13 season.
Treasurer – Mike Robins
Junior Convenor – Mike Power
Four years ago, Mike came to live in Dollar, the next Hillfoots town along from Tillicoultry. He wanted somewhere local for his son to continue to play rugby and he found Hillfoots. The only problem was that there was only a tiny Junior Section at that time. So Mike got involved in the Club, joined the Committee and founded the 250 member Junior Section that Hillfoots enjoys today. Mike run’s his own software business so he’s had lots of business experience which he puts into developing the commercial side of the Club including the Club’s corporate sponsorship programme. Mike plays for The Cast Tups on the left wing when his foot isn’t hurting.
Social Secretary – Eddie Inglis
Fixture Sectretary – Alan Steele
Alan has been playing at Hillfoots for 15 years as a junior and senior member. He currently plays for the 2nd XV as a second row (where he drops balls in the line outs). In a few years he hopes to be old and unfit enough to join the ranks of the illustrious Cast Tups! Alan works as a mental health and addictions treatment nurse in the Forth Valley area.
Alan’s Committee role is as the match, fixture and referee secretary for the Adult teams & the U18s. This involves confirming and arranging home and away fixtures for the teams and liaising with the referees, catering, bar and coaching staff to make sure the club is organised and prepared to receive our visiting teams.
Fund Raising – Derek Paterson
Club Development Officer – John (JP) Ward