The Hillfoots’ youth teams have under gone a period of significant change over the last three years. Up to and including the 2009/10 season, Hillfoots was part of a combined youth squad alongside our friends at Alloa RFC, called the Clackmannanshire Colts. For 2010/11 both clubs decided to go their own ways and hence Hillfoots began to build its own teams in the S1/S2, U16 & U18 age groups. This takes time and we have had most success to date in the S1/S2s & U18s. The U16 age group has taken a little longer to find the right number of players, so this season we are playing in partnership with our friends at Bannockburn RFC in this age group. Completing the Youth set up, so that Hillfoots can field strong teams in all age groups, is a major Club priority for the coming year.
In the Youth Teams, we use “Teamer” to organise & manage our training and fixtures. Teamer is a web based tool that sends emails and SMS texts to all players and/or parents. It enables the coaches to stay in touch and communicate in real time with everybody. So, if you are ill or busy doing something else (surely not??!!) & can’t make a session, it’s easy to let the coaches know in advance. In return they’ll let you know if things like bad weather prevent a session going ahead.
In the U16 & U18 age groups we find that several Facebook pages are used as informal communication amongst the players. We are constantly looking at our social media strategy to make sur ethat it is working best for the Club.
S1/S2 Team (U13/U14)
Home training on Wednesday evening (19.00 – 21.00) and Sunday morning (10.00 – 12.00). Matches on Saturdays
The team is coached by Andy Peterson & Fred Smith
Home training on Wednesday evening (19.00 – 21.00). Matches on Saturdays, occasional additional training Sunday mornings (10.00 – 12.00)
The team is coached by John Higgins & Murray McKenzie
Home training on Tuesday evening (19.00 – 21.00) and Thursday evening (19.00 – 20.30). Matches on Saturdays
The team is coached by Colin Wright & Jim “Muff” Scobie