Rugby Modern Apprentices Are on Their Way
Thursday 2nd August 2012
Clackmannanshire Council are funding two Modern Apprenticeship places in partnership with the Scottish Rugby Union.
The two exciting posts will offer a vocational qualification pathway, linked to local rugby clubs, Alloa and Hillfoots, which involves working towards a Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in Sports Coaching: Rugby Union or Level 3 in Management of Rugby programmes in the community.
The two new Council recruits will also receive a range of experiences and relevant coaching and professional qualifications in rugby coaching, child protection, refereeing and first aid.
Convenor of Sport and Leisure, Councillor Ellen Forson said: "We are very fortunate to have someone of the standing in Scottish rugby as Stevie Swindall as our rugby development officer in Clackmannanshire. And with two new Modern Apprentices coming on board, it is an exciting time for the sport in the county.
"We are delighted to be able to fund the project in partnership with the Scottish Rugby Union and look forward to welcoming the two youngsters to the Council in the near future."
Stevie , a 6'4" blindside flanker joined Glasgow Hawks where he was part of two Scottish Premier Division One championship winning teams, as well as winning a Scottish National Cup winners medal.
He also played for Scotland under-18's in 2000, before being capped for Scotland under-21's in both the home nations and the under-21 World Cup in 2003.
He moved into the professional ranks in 2004 and made his debut for Glasgow Warriors against Leeds Tykes and penned his first full time contract in 2005.
Clackmannanshire Council's Rugby Development Officer was also capped for Scotland A in 2007 in the Churchill Cup, and played in the final of the 2008 Churchill Cup against England Saxons in Chicago.
Stevie is confident his two new recruits will further enhance and develop rugby within in the county.
The successful pair will manage and support the delivery of a coaching programme for primary and secondary school aged children during and after school.
They will also create and manage school to club links and deliver high quality rugby coaching sessions to schools and clubs.
In addition they will be at the forefront of coaching and organising club youth programmes and support the organisation of rugby festivals and events. They will also assist and manage the administration of local rugby development and monitoring rugby activity in their area
Councillor Forson added: "At the completion of their one year portfolios for the Modern Apprenticeship Award they will receive certificates."
It is hoped that both of the rugby Modern Apprenticeship positions will be filled and the youngsters in place by mid-August.