VARIETY OF COACHING
COURSES BEING RUN OVER NEXT TWO MONTHS – WHY NOT SIGN UP FOR ONE NOW?
Rugby Club’s new development officer Kieran Cooney (pictured left) is urging members and non-members of Selkirk
RFC to take full advantage of coaching development opportunities being offered in the coming weeks.
For a full annual timetable of the different courses, to register as a coach and a description of courses with
a brief outline of requirements, interested parties should visit http://www.scottishrugby.org/get-involved/coach/get-qualified
and click on the relevant section link.
The upcoming courses are as follows -
EDINBURGH RUGBY COACHING
WORKSHOP & ADULT RUGBY READY
Wednesday 6th August @ Gala RFC (as part of the Edinburgh Rugby Workshop) The workshop is open to all coaches and
runs from 6.30pm – 8pm. To register, simply email email@example.com and state name and club. Appended to
the end of this workshop will be the Adult Rugby Ready which is the minimum standard for all club coaches who work
with adult players – to register please click on link below.
The Adult Rugby Ready course is a minimum requirement and stipulation set by the SRU for all coaching
staff of the senior rugby programme (U18 to 1stXV).
IRB FIRST AID IN
Sunday 24th August, 10am @ Gala RFC...Please email Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org for application form.
GAME COACHING WORKSHOP
Wednesday 10th September, 6.30pm @ Melrose RFC This is aimed at Mini Coaches and is great workshop that will aim
to build their confidence and knowledge when it comes to Game Coaching. Please email Claire.email@example.com to
Kieran told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week:
“With regards to the Youth Rugby Ready Course at Philiphaugh, this will be delivered by myself with a date to be
confirmed. If anyone requires any more information regarding these courses, or has any queries, then please do
not hesitate to contact me. My contact details are below.”
Kieran Cooney (Selkirk
RFC development officer)
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
mobile number: 07887 592 377
AGAINST PRESTON LODGE CONFIRMED FOR AUGUST 9
FULL COMMITMENT ‘A GIVEN’!
Selkirk centre Andrew Given comes face-to-face with Andrew Toole at last week’s training. Looking on are Angus
Duckett and Mikey Davies.
POINTING THE WAY. Selkirk head coach Peter Wright puts a point across to the players at last Thursday night’s training
session on the Philiphaugh back pitch.
BALL IN SAFE HANDS. Utility threequarter Scott Hendrie prepares to take an off-load. Also pictured are Phil Anderson
and Scott McKinnon. [Photos: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK 1st XV will begin the build-up for their Border League opener against Melrose at Philiphaugh on Saturday,
August 16, with a home friendly against Preston Lodge the previous weekend (August 9). The Pennypit Park side play
their rugby in BT East Regional League Division 1, and the club will be bringing two teams down to Philiphaugh.
“It’s very good of Preston Lodge to take on these friendly fixtures against our 1st and ‘A’ XVs,” Selkirk’s director
of rugby Cameron Cochrane told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “and I’m confident the whole exercise will
prove highly beneficial for both clubs.
“As these friendlies are only three weeks away, I’d like to ask all our players to make every effort to get down
to pre-season training on Tuesday and Thursday nights. New head coach Peter Wright is keen to get players’ fitness
levels up so we can hit the ground running, and he’s putting in place new systems and codes which everyone will
need to take on board.”
Meanwhile BT Reserve League fixture lists for both Selkirk ‘A’ and Selkirk Stormers have been released this week
by the Scottish Rugby Union. The ‘A’ XV opens its BT Reserve League National 1 campaign with an away fixture against
Aberdeen Grammar 2nds on August 30, with the Stormers kicking off their BT Reserve League East 2 schedule at home
to Heriot’s FP 3rds on September 6.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD! MATT ENJOYS HIMALAYAS
HIGH LIFE TO THE FULL
SUNNY SIDE UP. Selkirk
player Matt Kissick tucks into breakfast at 12,000 feet, alongside his father Maurice and sister Chanelle.
SELKIRK supporters are used to seeing Matt Kissick hitting the high spots for the club’s 1st XV during the regular
season, but the talented Kiwi forward scaled even higher peaks earlier this year when he went on a trekking holiday
high up in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while,” Matt told the selkirkrfc.com web site, “and when my parents came
over from New Zealand to visit me in 2013, it became pretty obvious that my Dad had caught the travel bug and was
up for another overseas adventure.”
And so it was that Matt, his sister Chanelle and father Maurice all met up in Kathmandu for a trekking holiday
organised by travel company Peregrine Expeditions. “It was a fantastic experience,” said Matt, “and we all had
a really great time.
“After a few days acclimatising ourselves in Kathmandu, we flew to Pokhara, which is Nepal’s third largest city
with a population of 300,000. From there we were bussed up to a small mountain village called Nayapool, and it
was from here we began our trek into the Himalayas.”
For the first two days the party were in the Annapurna foothills, passing through rhododendron forests and skirting
terraced fields. Walking through villages always proved fascinating, said Matt, experiencing at first-hand some
of the local customs and getting an insight into the simple life people led in this part of the world. It was also
common to see wild yaks close by the trails.
“The highest point of the route was Kopra Ridge at 3,870 metres [12,650ft],” explained Matt, “where we stayed in
a new community lodge. The views were absolutely stunning, and one of the most memorable moments came when we all
got up before dawn to watch the sunrise.
“A big blizzard blew in on one of the nights we were staying at Kopra Ridge, and when we woke up at 5am everything
was covered in a layer of brilliant white snow - a spectacular sight I’ll never forget.
“There were 16 in our tour group, plus four sherpas and eight porters. My sister and I were among the younger
members of the party, while the oldest was a gentleman of 68. A few people were affected by altitude sickness,
but by and large everyone was able to keep to the schedule and there were no real hold-ups.
“What made the holiday particularly special was meeting up with my Dad and my sister, and it was great hearing
all the news from home.” Just where Matt’s next holiday will be is anyone’s guess, but it’s odds-on another adrenaline-filled
foreign foray is in the pipeline…
UKCC LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 RUGBY COACHING COURSES NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION