Cartha Queens Park

A club in Glasgow has become the first team in the cities bounds and the 13th in Scotland to be awarded the prestigious Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) award.

Cartha Queen’s Park, based in the south side of the city is a club that prides itself on ambition, hospitality and development, which is reflected in their newly formed mission statement: “We aim to be recognised as an open and friendly rugby club that welcomes members from all communities from all parts of the world. We will be ambitious and have fun,developing winning teams and individuals both on and off the park, fostering lifelong camaraderie, integrity, responsibility and commitment, through rugby and by cherishing the values of rugby.”

Stephen Running who lead the club through theprocess, up to earning the accolade, said: “At Cartha Queen’s Park we work hard to focus on developing young players and providing a fun and inclusive environment for all.

“PCS gives us frameworks that will help us provide added dimensions to the development of young players as people and to ensure that we are continuously assessing and upgrading skills throughout the club, for players and coaches alike.

“PCS also provides a way of emphasising the social ethos and key values at the heart of our club, reflecting as they do Bill McLaren’s values for life and for rugby.

“We’ve worked hard and are absolutely delighted to achieve PCS accreditation, but we see that as just the start. We’re excited at the prospect that with everyone – our players, parents, members and supporters – working hard to achieve our PCS objectives, we’ll be recognised as a forward thinking club, one that players of all ages and their families are keen to join and this will make the job of attracting and retaining members easier, ensuring our continued growth and success.

Positive Coaching Scotland manager, Bosman DuPlessis, said: “I’m thrilled to see Cartha Queen’s Park achieve accreditation. This underlinestheir ambition and the fact that their development framework is built around meeting the needs of each player and making rugby a fun and educational experience for all.

“Their formalised coaching philosophy creates a clear pathway from increased participation to individual player developmentwhich leads to success in rugby and in life. With such dynamic leaders and a unifying ethos, I’m excited about the future of this club.”

The Positive Coaching Scotland programme in association with The Bill McLaren Foundation operates as a partnership between sportscotland, the Winning Scotland Foundation, the Bill McLaren Foundation and Scottish Rugby and has the main aims to build and sustain a strong and positive rugby culture in order to develop young rugby players and develop young people through the sport. This programme forms part of sportscotland’s national roll out of the Positive Coaching Scotland programme through governing bodies and local authorities.

Cartha Queen’s Park joins Alloa, Berwick, Bishopton, Dunfermline, Duns, Ellon, Forrester, Hillfoots, Langholm, Lasswade, Perth and Stew-Mel Lions in winning the award.

Posted on Monday, 18 February 2013 under Grants Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS)


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