July 2017

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby back again this Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby

Our summer series of fortnightly family friendly tag rugby continues this Friday evening at 6pm.  We will play till about 7:15pm and then retire to the Clubhouse for a BBQ.

  • It embodies our Club motto ‘Everybody plays’ – so everyone from 4 to 84 whether boy, girl, mum, dad, granddad or even grandma can play!  

  • It’s also a great way to start the weekend – a BBQ (so no washing up dishes!) and perhaps a beer or two from the bar (adults only!).  It’s a bring your own/self-service BBQ – so bring whatever you want to eat and you can cook it on the Club’s BBQ.

Fingers crossed for good weather – see you on Friday!

Youth Training Restarts on Tuesday 

Our youth training will resume at Tilly Park next Tuesday and Thursday.  Come along to start at 7pm when Ian Hamilton our Senior Coach will lead a session focussed on skills, strength and conditioning.  We will do the same training as the seniors at the start, but obviously will do any contact within our proper age bands.  Barry Munro our new RDO will lead the training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday prior to the schools going back, we can then discuss whether you want to continue the mid week training once you start back at school.


June 2017

May 2017

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby back again this Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby

Our summer series of fortnightly family friendly tag rugby continues this Friday evening at 6pm.  We will play till about 7:15pm and then retire to the Clubhouse for a BBQ.

  • It embodies our Club motto ‘Everybody plays’ – so everyone from 4 to 84 whether boy, girl, mum, dad, granddad or even grandma can play!  

  • It’s also a great way to start the weekend – a BBQ (so no washing up dishes!) and perhaps a beer or two from the bar (adults only!).  It’s a bring your own/self-service BBQ – so bring whatever you want to eat and you can cook it on the Club’s BBQ.

Get some practice in before the Charity Sevens Tournament on 10 June!  

Fingers crossed for good weather – see you tomorrow!

Junior Tour to Yorkshire a great success!

Players and officials from Hillfoots RFC are beaming with pride after successfully beating four junior teams from Yorkshire club Aireborough RFC last weekend.  The Club has taken boys from P6, P7, S1 and S2 age groups to Yorkshire for the past six years, but this year was the best yet!  Paddy Sherrard, the Junior Convenor for the Club arranged the matches against Aireborough RFC through an old school friend who now lives in Leeds.  Paddy said:

“The highlight of the Junior Season is our tour to Yorkshire – it’s a great mix of fun, education and rugby.  On the Saturday, the kids loved visiting Leeds Armouries in the morning before we challenged their head for heights and raft building.  On the Sunday we were royally hosted by Aireborough Rugby Club, the kids will not forget being welcomed by a large crowd and the skirl of the pipes!”

Aireborough’s piper piped both the teams onto the pitch where the kids stood proudly as the national anthems were played before playing a series of Sevens matches.  The Hillfoots players, set to playing and being more used to the Sevens game started to pile on the points, but the locals were not to be completely brow beaten and they also managed to score some great tries too.  However, just like our national Sevens team later that afternoon at Twickenham, the Scots were victorious.
Afterwards, players, coaches and families from both clubs joined together to enjoy a barbecue and live music in the car park at Nunroyd Park.  Matt Smith, chair of Aireborough’s junior section, said the club was thrilled at how the day had gone.  He commented:

“Hillfoots are a first class outfit, on and off the field, and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Nunroyd Park.  It was the first time in our history that we hosted a junior touring club and I am proud that we rose to the challenge.  Most importantly, many new friendships were forged and that it was rugby is all about.”

Youth Training

Our youth training will resume at Tilly Park this Friday.  Come along for the Tag at 6pm, or turn up for 7pm when Ian Hamilton our Senior Coach will lead a session focussed on skills, strength and conditioning.  The session will only last until 7:45 – meanwhile mum or dad can join in the fun at the Club house!  You can then join the BBQ and get a free burger/hot dog.

The plans for next season will start with pre-season training alongside the Senior Club from 20th June and will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.  We will do the same training, but obviously will do any contact within our age bands.  Find out more on Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby starts this Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby

Our summer series of fortnightly family friendly tag rugby starts this Friday evening at 6pm.  We will play till about 7:15pm and then retire to the Clubhouse for a BBQ.

  • It embodies our Club motto ‘Everybody plays’ – so everyone from 4 to 84 whether boy, girl, mum, dad, granddad or even grandma can play!  

  • It’s also a great way to start the weekend – a BBQ (so no washing up dishes!) and perhaps a beer or two from the bar (adults only!).  It’s a bring your own/self-service BBQ – so bring whatever you want to eat and you can cook it on the Club’s BBQ.

Fingers crossed for good weather – see you there.

An Evening with Nathan Bombrys, MD of Glasgow Warriors

You might be interested in the attending the next free Rugby Business Network Scotland’s networking event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30 at PwC, 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow.  An evening with the Managing Director of Glasgow Warriors, Nathan Bombrys, when you will hear from the inside how a modern professional rugby club works in Scotland and what plans there are for the future for this successful Scottish side.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-nathan-bombrys-md-of-glasgow-warriors-tickets-34102734196?aff=es2

March 2017

Weekly Junior Information for 26 March 2017


  • Everyone is Home training this week at Hillfoots 1000 – 1130.

  • Please book your places on the Easter Rugby Camp and the P6, P7 and S1 Tour to Yorkshire – if you have booked, please check with Paddy that your name is on the list!

Hillfoots RFC are inviting you to join in the fun at our ‘Key National Themes’ Easter Camp.

As part of Clackmannanshire Council’s Active Easter Programme, Hillfoots will run a Key National Themes camp from Monday 3rd to Friday the 7th of April (first week of the Easter Holidays). The Camp will start at 9am and finish at 12.30pm each day. You do not have to be a member of the Club to attend this fantastic sporting event. Hillfoots is inviting boys and girls aged 5 to 14 to come and learn some fantastic fundamental skills from our highly accredited coaching team.

The Camp costs £50 for the five days of coaching or £10 a day.

Could I please ask you to re-book your place by emailing Paddy:[email protected]

Hillfoots Annual Tour to Yorkshire

Building on the incredible success of the past five seasons, we’re delighted to announce that we are in the final stages of planning for our tour this year . Full details are below, so please register your interest by email on this link.


This year, we will be playing Aireborough RFC in Leeds!  We will be staying in the excellent Carlton Lodge Outdoor Centre again for the Friday and Sat nights. The structure of the weekend is planned in outline as follows:


Fri 1 May

  • 4pm assemble in the clubhouse, 4.30 depart in bus to Carlton Minniot
  • Dinner on the way at Tebay Services
  • Arrive around 9pm, bed by 10pm!

Sat 2 May – all day                 

  • Morning – We will vote on whether to re-visit the excellent Leeds Armoury; or visit York and the National Railways Museum!
  • Afternoon – a range of team building and challenging activities during this day at the centre, focussing on team building, creative thinking and communication, including the Outdoor assault course, zipwires and the legendary raft building and race!!
  • Evening Entertainment – Kangaroo Court….

Sun 3 May – morning

  • Matches start at 10am
  • BBQ festival lunch
  • Leave at 2pm
  • Arrive at the Clubhouse around 6-7pm



This tour has a maximum of 30 places in total available, as a result, we are limiting this tour to P6, P7 and S1 age groups only at this stage.  There may be some places available for S2 players if they want to go for a fourth year nearer the time!

How much?

We have secured a really great deal with the centre and hope to keep the cost of the tour to £150 again this year, this will be finalised by 31 March.  This will cover the cost of a tour top, the coach throughout the tour, the B&B accommodation costs for the two nights, including a packed lunch on both days and dinner on the Saturday evening as well as the afternoon’s activities at the Centre.  The best way to pay is by electronic transfer, the bank details for the club is Sort Code:82-68-17 and Account Number 00037235 (it is the Clydesdale Bank in Tillicoultry).  Can you please make sure you put the following in the reference ‘JT-your surname’ in the reference (eg for me it would be ‘JT-Sherrard’).

Please reserve your place with a £50 deposit, payable by 31 March 2015, with final payment due by 24 April 2015.



Hillfoots RFC Dinner Dance & Awards - 6th May 2017

Calling all HRFC Players, Coaches, Members, Parents & Friends…

The annual Hillfoots RFC Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th May in the Devonvale Hall.  Please come along to celebrate the club’s year and enjoy an evening of good food, music and friendship.

Tickets £30 including:

3-course dinner
Season Awards
Dancing to Ceilidhdonia
Licensed Bar ’til midnight

Tickets from [email protected]

Dates for the Diary:

2nd April:

  • Home Training for everyone.

3rd-7th April:

  • Easter Rugby Camp – from 1000-1400 each day, focusing on your Key National Themes.

9th April:

  • Home Training for everyone.

16th April:

  • No Training – Easter Sunday.

23rd April:

  • Hillfoots Mini Tournament – this is our big day of the season!  We will have six clubs playing on the park and will need all hands on deck for home baking, teas and coffees!  Please speak to Paddy on Sunday if you can help out.

30th April:

  • Final Home Training for the Season and End of Season Awards.

Weekly Junior Information for 19 March 2017

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  • It’s the big day of our festival we will have nearly 300 kids playing rugby on the park!  
  • Fingers crossed for great weather!  Matches will be played from 1200-1430.
  • Its also the Alloa Half Marathon, so note the key period for the marathon through Tilly is 1030-1100.  To avoid this, please come along early at the normal time of 1000 and help set up!
  • Mums & Dads, we will need your help to make the day run smoothly, from bringing your fantastic home baking, to helping out with teas and coffees, to helping the coaches organise the matches – the kids cannot have a fun day without your support!
  • Youth – training at the Newfield in Dollar 1000-1130, or if you can’t get to Dollar, turn up and help out with the festival and you will be paid in hot dogs!


Hillfoots Rugby Festival 2017

On Sunday, we are hosting: Currie, Glasgow High Kelvinside, McLaren, Mackie, Kinross and Strathendrick.  Each club has been invited to bring teams from P3 through to P7. 

This is our biggest fund raising day of the year – we need your help, so please Mums and Dads:

– Bring along some baking (whether from home or the Co-op!).
– Help out with the teas and coffees (we will have a rota so you can see your kids play as well as help out).
– Help with the hot dogs.
– Help set up the pitches and return the park to normal at the end!

Note the car park will be out of bounds and parking will be difficult, so arrive early for easy parking!


Each age group will have two adjacent pitches.

  • P3:  Touch tournament will be located on the lower end of the park on Pitches marked B nearest the clubhouse.
  • P4: Tournament will be located on the football pitch on Pitch Area C.
  • P5: Tournament will be located on the 2nd XV pitch at Pitch Area D.
  • P6: Tournament will be located on the 2nd XV pitch at Pitch Area E.
  • P7: Tournament will be located on the 1st XV pitch at on Pitch Area F.

The aim of the day is to have as many kids playing as many matches as possible – flexibility will be key!
There will be no central briefing – All age group coaches will meet up with the Hillfoots coach for their age group at 1150 to confirm playing times and numbers on the pitch for each age group.  We hope to have the kick offs at 1200 and to finish no later than 1430.


Dates for the Diary:

26th of March

  • Home training for everyone (early finish for Mothers’ Day!) – lets try not to get too mucky!

Please note that the Website calendar is now up to date and has all of our summer Tag Training detailed – more to follow!  
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February 2017

Weekly Junior Information for 12 February 2017




Youth, Juniors and Tigers Back at Hillfoots

Every age group will be at normal training from 1000-1130

Madras apologise for not having the numbers available to properly visit us and hope to re-schedule later this season.  From their P7 coach:
“We would really appreciate if you could let them know that it would have been great to have gone along, as our last match with them was just super! It was really played in the spirit in which rugby should be played – a nice bunch of kids!”


Fingers crossed that the weather will keep the ground from freezing.  Unless there is a very hard frost combined with freezing temperatures, training will be on!  We can avoid any contact and tackling, but there are plenty of skills that we can focus on!  If there is no message on the club’s facebook page by 0930, training is definitely on!

Great win for Hillfoots RFC U14 v Kirkcaldy U14, 50-5

Well done to the U14s who last week beat a very spirited Kirkcaldy side 50-5.  Despite the quagmire and a slight drizzle that made the ball a bar of soap, both sides tried to play an open and fluid game.  Hillfoots came out on top, by maintaining a great attacking shape and demonstrating true grit and determination in defence.  It was great to see the boys from both Academies play so well together – hopefully, we will be able to exploit their success next season when we aim to play both a U15 and a U14 side.

Dates for the Diary:

19 of February

  • Tigers and Youth – Home Training back at Tillicoultry park training times 1000 – 1130.
  • Junior Section – Not on the fixture list – Away to a festival at the Howe of Fife (Cupar).



December 2016

Weekly Junior Information for 22 January 2017

Tigers – P1/2s – Home training at back at Hillfoots, Tillicoultry Park, 1000-1130
Juniors – P3-P7 – Away to Madras, 1000 meet for 1100 kick off
Youth – S1/2 Home training at Hillfoots, 1000-1200

Youth and Tigers Back at Hillfoots

We are now back to training at Hillfoots at Tillicoultry park, The Tigers and Youth section will be training at home at the normal times 1000-1130.  Remember to wrap up warm!

P3-P7 Away at the Madrascals Festival

For everyone travelling to Madras please make this a big turnout for our first festival of the new year – it is always a great day!  A few details:

  • Meet.   Please meet at Madras RFC between 1000-1030am with the kick off planned to be 1100am.
  • Kit.  Don’t forget to bring plenty of layers and a waterproof top to keep the wind off – while St Andrews tends to avoid the weather in terms of snow and frost, it certainly is windy!  P4 and upwards also need a gum shield as you back with contact!  (P3s are still touch – a gum shield is recommended, but not mandated.)
  • Parking.  Post code: KY16 9SP.  Please note that there is limited parking on the roads adjacent to Station Park. Free parking is available at Petherum Bridge Car Park (on the opposite side of the A91 from Station Park), and at the West Sands (some distance away but you can cut across The Old Course as there is no play on a Sunday).
  • Catering.  Refreshment boxes containing crisps, chocolate bar, fruit and a drink to keep the players energy levels and strength up during the day will be provided for coaches to uplift at the time of registration in the clubhouse. Food for non-players will also be available in the clubhouse and around the pitches.
  • Dogs.  Please kindly note that dogs are not allowed on Station Park. There have been unfortunate incidents with dogs in the past.  Dogs and their owners will be required to leave the grounds to meet the Local Authority playing field rules.
  • Bad Weather.  Fingers crossed for the sun!  However, in the event that the weather necessitates a cancellation of the event, a decision will be made by 8.30 am at the latest on the day of the tournament.

Next Week – 29 January:
Tigers and Juniors – Home Training back at Tillicoultry park training times 1000 – 1130
Youth Section – Home Vs Grangemouth, KO tbc

Weekly Junior Information for 4 December 2016


We will have one last outdoor training session this year!

Everyone training in Tilly Park from 1000-1130.

Free mince pies to go with teas and coffees for the Mums and Dads.

Apologies for changing our minds! We will have one last outdoor training session for the year, for a number of reasons:

We can achieve much more on grass than inside (especially for the older age groups).

It’s a warm weekend! And having missed a beautiful Sunday morning last week, we can take the risk and hope that the weather forecasters are on the button!

Hiring the Academy (inside and Astro) is expensive.

Lastly, (and yes, I admit it, the real reason) there was a mix up with the booking time with the Council, which was identified too late to rectify – apologies!

We will definitely be in the Academy next week!

The new rugby shirts have finally arrived and very smart they look too!

Everyone who ordered a top has it put aside – please come and try it on first thing, in case we need to swap sizes!

Also, we ordered some spares! So if your player has had a growing spurt, or you are looking for a wonderful Christmas present, please pop to the Blue Tent.

Kids shirts are £35 and adult sizes are £40.

Get into the Christmas spirit!

Everyone is welcome at our annual Christmas shindig tonight at 1700 in the Clubhouse! Warm up with few festive drinks and join us for an evening with Kieran Fisher Music as we head into the winter break. Horrendous Christmas jumpers not compulsory, but wholeheartedly encouraged.

September 2016

Hillfoots Weekly News 5 November

Hillfoots RFC 5 – Grangemouth Stags 19

Saturday 29th October saw two big clubs come head-to-head in a league fixture. Both teams had come into the game looking for a win so anticipation was high for a crunch match between Hillfoots RFC First XV and the Grangemouth Stags First XV. It was a typical cool, cloudy and moist day in this beautiful part of Scotland but the atmosphere was electric with both clubs wanting a ‘BIG’ win. The game saw many spectators on both sides of the field supporting their teams in good spirit and they created an environment that would spur on their team.

As the Hillfoots Rams had kicked off a few minutes earlier than the First XV game, Rugby was the only topic of the day in Tillicoultry. The game kicked off and both teams tussled with each other to try and set dominance in the game, so they could control the flow of the game and dictate what part of the field to play in. It was looking like an even game until the Stags broke the dead lock with a try. Hillfoots fought hard to find the rebuttal but it was unsuccessful, but both teams continued to work hard to win the upper hand over their opponents. Hillfoots showed so excellent pieces of magic with a few line breaks and looked to try and build some momentum but it wasn’t to be as The Stags added a second try. Hillfoots eventually found the try they were looking for after an excellent set piece move off a line out and it brought the scores closer. However, The Stags continued to put on the pressure with some well placed kicking their kept Hillfoots out of their 22.  The final score was 5-19 to Grangemouth and a long hard fought battle from both teams.

Hillfoots Rams – 60, Glenrothes 2nd xv – 14

The Ram welcomed Glenrothes RFC to Tillicoultry on Saturday. Glenrothes started well and were recycling the ball and making inroads into Rams territory. The Rams defence held firm and after securing a turnover scored the first try of the game when Mark McKinnon sprinted from deep inside his own half and passed to Kev Aitken to touchdown. The Rams really got into their stride and dominated the rest of the half with tries from Callum Murray(2), Niall McKenzie and a fine solo effort from Grant Carmichael. Cammy Sinclair added 3 conversions to give the Rams a healthy 31 point lead going into the break.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first with Bryan Conlan adding his name to the list of try scorers when he crossed the whitewash after a fine run. As expected the Glenrothes lads did not let their heads go down and scored 2 converted tries of their own. This was to be the Ram’s day and going into the final quarter Kev Aitken scored his second try of the match. The Rams pace and fitness paid dividends as John Ferguson, Cammy Sinclair and Mark McKinnon all crossed the Glenrothes try line with Sinclair slotting 2 more conversions as full time approached.
Although the final score would indicate a comfortable win for the Rams the reality is that they had to work hard and the potential shown in previous games came to the fore resulting in their best performance of the season so far. The Rams will need to take this level of performance into next week when they go to Bridgehaugh to face league leaders Stirling County RFC.


The Cast Tups Need You!

At Hillfoots RFC we have a tradition for Vet’s rugby, and are known as “The Cast Tups”, an identity that is recognised and feared as the Kilted Warriors throughout Scotland, France, Belgium and Italy.

The Cast Tups identity across France and Europe is as a result of our participation in the prestigious Vets Festival hosted by ‘Les Independents’ Beauvais RFC, where ‘The Cast Tups’ have fronted up against teams from Clermont, Stade Francias, Toulouse, to name a few, however more importantly we have  cemented friendships that only can be forged through rugby that remain today.  Hillfoots Cast Tups are members of the ‘European Veterans Rugby Association’ (EVRA).  Through EVRA association Hillfoots Cast Tups now receive invitations to Veteran Rugby Festivals throughout Europe, and some of them seem amazing.  Hillfoots hope in the future to host a European Festival, however we need to get a squad together to allow us to participate in our own and other festivals.

Hillfoots, intend to host a local Festival in April/May 2017 however we need players, so if you are of that age, but would still enjoy playing, fancy giving it a go, its fun, get in touch.  If we get numbers games against local clubs will be arranged, clubs are waiting to play us

Please get in touch with Peter Norman


Avoid the hassles of getting into Murrayfield by car or train!
The Club has organised a bus  to see Scotland take on Australia in one of this year’s great autumn internationals!  The bus will only be £10 for the return trip!

Please email Niall if you want a seat asap!

This weekend’s action:

  • 5 November – The 1st XV are home to Kinross and the Rmas  are away to Stirling County 3rds.  Both with a 1400 kick off.

  • 6 November: Juniors are at home entertaining Watsonians and Ellon with a 1030 meet for a 1100 kick off.  The Youth are away to Glenrothes with a 1030 meet.

Check the webpage for more detail