Weekly Junior Information for 1 October 2017

  • Tigers (P1 & P2): Home training 1000-1130.
  • Juniors (P3 to  P7): The juniors welcome Lenzie RFC at home this weekend, with combined teams at all levels from P3 to P7.  Please meet up in Tilly Park as usual at 1000 for a 1030 kick off.
  • Mums & Dads:  Please help out and renew the Club’s reputation for great hosting again this season with your home baking, teas and coffees.  Many hands make light work! 
  • Youth (S1-S2):  Following on from the success of last week’s combined game, the Youth (S1 and s2) are playing with Falkirk against Glenrothes RFC away (KY7 5AH ).  Please meet up at Glenrothes  at 1045 for an 1100 warmup and 1130 kick off. 
  • Please note the article and SRU statement about tackling below.
  • Autumn International Tickets:  Please be aware that the demand for tickets exceeded the supply by 141% and both the Australia and NZ matches are completely sold out already.  We hope to be able to bring some good news in the next week or so – keep those fingers crossed!

Message from the Junior Convenor

This weekend we are at home against Lenzie and we really need a good turnout as there are a couple of cub camps and we will have depleted numbers.

I have spoken to the coaches at Dollar Academy about P6 and P7 players and they are keen that these age groups continue to play for Hillfoots.  There has been concern about whether players can turn out for both teams and we can confirm that they can and encouraging players to experience a variety of coaching methods and games is useful for development. It would be great to see more players this weekend. Reece McCallister (Dollar Academy 1st XV) has joined the coaching staff and he and Eddie Hall have agreed to coach the P6/7 group on a regular basis.

If any parents fancy helping with the coaching then you will be very welcome and we can also help with getting you qualified!


Free Kit for the Club!

The SRU have teamed up with Mitsubishi to offer Clubs rugby kit if their members book a test drive through our local dealer in Stirling. An hour of your time will get the Club £30 worth of kit! So if you have an hour spare in the next few weeks, please sign up through the link below!

Hillfoots RFC are part of the Kit 4 Clubs scheme and we need your help to raise funds. Follow the link here to help us earn money towards new kit and equipment courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

You can find out more in this clip here.


Could it have got any wetter?

The Junior section visited the home of McLaren in Callander on Sunday. In spite of the torrential rain, we had a number of players from p3, 4, 5 and 6. We were able to field mixed age teams and were successful at p4/5 with the other teams also enjoying positive results. Many thanks to the players who turned out and of course to the parents who braced the conditions, we could not do this without you!!

Youth take on Kinross with Falkirk 

The Youth section combined with Falkirk RFC in our first collaboration at S1 and S2 level, taking on our old rivals Kinross RFC.  While it was not as wet as Callendar, the conditions were far from ideal, yet the boys all stuck in and enjoyed the match.  The big question is whether we should be Falfoots or Hillkirk?

Should tackling be banned?

You can’t have missed the debate about contact and tackling in school rugby.  Writing in an opinion piece for the British Medical Journal, Prof Pollock and Graham Kirkwood, also from Newcastle University, said that governments had “a duty to protect children from risks of injury and to ensure safety of children” under a United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 19).  Prof Pollock said children who wanted to could still play contact rugby outside school, for clubs, but schools should not be able to enforce contact rugby.

A SRU spokesman told the Dundee Courier:

“Scottish Rugby is committed to player welfare at every level of the game.  Our ‘RugbyRight’ training programme is mandatory for all coaches, teachers and referees who are required each season to complete the course to ensure players can enjoy the game in a safe and informed environment.  Course modules include player welfare, safe coaching and safe contact techniques and are completed by over 4,500 coaches annually.

Rugby for young people at schools and clubs exists in different forms, both non-contact and contact depending on age, and significant work has been undertaken to develop a structured progression to cover the introduction, playing, teaching and refereeing of the game from child to adult level to maximise player safety.

Every sport carries a degree of physical risk, but we believe the health and social benefits to young people in being active and enjoying sport are far greater.”

You can read the excellent article in the Courier at this link


If you would like to volunteer to help the rugby club, the following courses are available for you to get qualified either as a coach or a first aider.  If the course is not free, the club will pay you any fee that the SRU has charged, on successful completion of your course.
World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1, Course Cost: £35
Sunday 15 October (10am-4pm) Stirling County RFC  

UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union, Course Cost: £65
Saturday 7 October 2017 (9am-5pm), Sunday 8 October 2017 (9am-5pm) at Lornshill Academy

S1 & U16 Coaches – ‘Foundation Defence’, free:
Monday 16th October – Dunfermline RFC – Foundation Defence – Dunfermline RFC
U18 & Senior Teams – ‘Developing Defence’, free:
Monday 30th October – Developing Defence – Stirling (Forthbank)
Coaching Micro Rugby, free:  
Sunday 5th November – Coaching Micro Rugby – Stirling County RFC

Dates for the Diary:

Please check the website for the most up-to-date fixtures

8th – Home training for everyone

15th – Home training for everyone (Half-term)

22nd – Home training for the Juniors, while Youth are playing Alloa at Falkirk (Half-term)

29th – Youth play Glenrothes Home (S1&S2); and Juniors are away to Perth

Please also sign up for our internet push message service called ‘Pushcrew’ when you visit the Club website to get the latest info about training.