With growth in playing numbers as high as at Hillfoots the Club has had to recruit, maintain and develop an appropriate body of committed, capable and qualified coaches. In addition to the coaching team, who are all volunteers, we have great support from our Development Officer JP Ward, as well as our team of Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) volunteers from local schools.
Hillfoots has a strong club culture & set of values. These are written into a Coaching Handbook which we refer to as – “The Hillfoots Way”. All new coaches are formally inducted into the Club, given an existing Coach as a mentor and are expected to follow the Club standards at all times.
We aim to have as many of our coaches as possible qualified in rugby coaching to a minimum of UKCC Level 1. All of our team are “IRB – Rugby Ready” each year and a number have attended courses in First Aid, pitch side trauma managment and refereeing. All of the coaching team who work with minors have attended an appropriate annual course in child protection and are compliance checked.
Additionally, some of our coaches are qualified as Coach Educators so that the Club is able to deliver Rugby Ready training on site at Hillfoots. We also have 5 coaches who are qualified rugby referees to make sure that all our games are safe, equitable & played within the spirit & laws of the game!
Murray Brown – Head Coach
Murray joins Hillfoots for a second season after a successful spell coaching at Lenzie Rugby Club. Prior to this Murray spent time coaching, playing and developing the sport in the Middle East and is sure to bring both his enthusiasm and experience to our squad this year. As a former second row himself, Murray is sure to bring a solid base from our forwards which allow our youthful backs to launch from, we are delighted to have Murray on board and look forward to watching the squad progress.
Brad Bell – Assistant Coach
Brad is entering his second season as backs coach for Hilllfoots and third as a player since joining the club in autumn of 2017. Before Hillfoots he did his carving up at Glasgow Accies RFC where he received over a 120 caps for the 1st XV as a centre/fullback. Brad played his club rugby in the United States for the Raleigh Vipers RFC from 2001 – 2009 where he was an integral part of their 2007 National Championship team. He also Captain the Raleigh 7s Team from 2001- 2007. Brad is looking forward to coaching with Murray Brown and adding some experience to a predominant youthful backline.