ARDROSSAN ACADEMICALS RFC – Head Coach Vacancy

We are looking for a new Head Coach to lead our senior male section out of the Covid-19 lockdown and into National 2. Our 1st XV flirted with promotion in National 3 before the lockdown and as a Club we now seek the right candidate to develop our maturing talented squad. We do not yet know what the format for our rugby will be, but Ardrossan is an ambitious Club with a very good established junior section from Micros to Under 18s. Our Ladies and girls sections are growing and very active.
   
We have the structure and the players, we now need the right person to take us forward.
 
The ideal candidate would have:
 
· A recognised coaching qualification suitable to excel at this level
· Be prepared to give the commitment which is required to succeed.
· Leadership experience ideally gained from playing at a higher level.
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Our Club is community based and views itself as a family, which encourages each individual and each team to enjoy the culture of rugby union and be the best person, player and team that they can be. Our broad base, which includes North Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran, is an attractive area in which to enjoy our sport, at whatever level you choose to participate.
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We are seeking the right person and for the right person we have an attractive package to offer. We and you will know if we are the right fit.
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If you are interested please send your CV along with a covering letter to gossy09@yahoo.com.
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If you wish to discuss the role further please contact Peter Gossman on 07944403611.

Volunteer Role Descriptors

Youth Coach

Description:

We aim to deliver fun, engaging sessions to our youth section (Micros-U18s) and we need people to help. All you require is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills and we will help you achieve the rest. All training will be provided via online courses and face to face coaching badges, a PVG is required and the club will arrange this.

Time Commitment:

Between 3hrs and 6hrs a week depending on whether there is a game or training at the weekend and if that game is home or away.

Contact:

Caroline Monaghan – carolineconway2000@yahoo.com

Parent Helper

Description:

This is our behind the scenes team that help with the youth section. This is a varied role and can involve admin support for our teams or helping on a matchday to provide food after the game.

Time Commitment:

2hrs per game week

Contact:

Caroline Monaghan – carolineconway2000@yahoo.com

Match Officials

Description:

We need a pool of referees for youth rugby with the potential for Senior games through the West of Scotland Referees Society. All training will be provided, and prior rugby knowledge is not essential.

Time Commitment:

2 hours per game week, flexible what games you take on

Contact:

Scott Campbell – scttcampbell96@gmail.com

 

Match Day First Aiders

Description:

Ideally, we will always have 1 fully trained first aider at every game on top of our coaches. The role is mostly dealing with cuts, bruises and concussions however there may be the rare occasion that a more serious incident presents itself. No previous medical experience is required, and full training will be provided.

For people with prior medical experience there is the opportunity to support our senior match days by taking on the team doctor role. More information can be provided by our current team doctor, contact details below.

Time Commitment:

2 hours per game week, flexible what games you take on

Contact:

Jamie Monaghan – jpmonaghan2001@hotmail.com

 

Social Media Admin

Description:

We are looking for volunteers to run our social media channels, plan and execute campaigns to help raise the profile of the club and work closely with all club sections to achieve club targets. Good team working skills will be essential to work with our existing communications, media and marketing team.

Time Commitment:

minimum of 1 hour a week but flexible to suit how much time you want to put into the role

Contact:

Scott Campbell – scttcampbell96@gmail.com

 

Saturday Helper

Description:

Our senior game days wouldn’t work without a team of volunteers getting the club ready, setting up for the game and providing food after the game. The role can be as big or as small as you want and can take in any number of the following jobs:

  • Laying out pitches and roping them off
  • Selling Programmes
  • Linesman
  • Filming the match
  • Photographing the match
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Preparing after game food

Each role has its own aspects and can be discussed with Peter in further detail

Time Commitment:

flexible, minimum of 1 hour per game week

Contact:

Peter Gossman – gossy09@yahoo.com

 

Event’s Organiser

Description:

We are looking for people to plan and run fundraising events for the club. These can be as wide and varied as you can imagine and all that we need is for you to be enthusiastic about the event. Support will be provided throughout planning and running by our existing events team.

Time Commitment:

Flexible

Contact

Davie Mackie – davidmackie52@gmail.com

 

Business Development Manager

Description

This is a specialised role, looking to help improve the club’s business performance. Initially focusing on accessing funding pots, securing sponsorship and coordinating fundraising events to ensure the club’s sustainability. Will work closely with the treasurer to monitor income and expenditure and feed this back to the committee along with recommendations. Will work towards club targets and will be managed by the club President

Time Commitment

TBC

Contact

Peter Gossman – gossy09@yahoo.com

 

Other Roles

If you have your own idea about how you can bring your expertiese and experience to bear then we want to hear from you. Contact Peter Gossman or Scott Campbell and they can discuss your suggestion with you further.

Peter Gossman – gossy09@yahoo.com

Scott Campbell – scttcampbell96@gmail.com

Presidents Message 29th May 2020

Dear members,

I hope that everyone remains well and healthy during this difficult time. Thankfully some restrictions have been lifted now, which will allow for a bit more flexibility in your lives. Unfortunately, still no mention of when rugby can restart, so we await to hear that. However, I do not expect this to be the case for a number of months, but we can always hope that it won’t be too long.

Anyway, the main reason for my message is that I have to report, with regret and disappointment that our head coach, Rory Couper, has decided that he wishes to take a break from rugby and will no longer continue in the aforementioned role.

Rory has been head coach of our senior teams for the last 7 years, and has brought some real drive and enjoyment to his training sessions and has allowed the team to really express themselves on the pitch, resulting in a really exciting brand of rugby. I know the players really enjoy his coaching methods and will miss him greatly. This season, we were in a great position for promotion, until the season was brought to an abrupt halt, something I know frustrated Rory, the players, the committee, and I’m sure you, the members, very much.

I would like to thank Rory so much for all of his dedication and hard work over the period and wish him well. Hopefully, we’ll still see him about the club as a supporter.

Obviously with Rory and Andrew Duncan leaving, we now need to fill 2 positions. I and the committee are determined to work hard to identify replacements for these roles, as rest assured, we do not want to regress from the fantastic work that both Rory and Andy have done over the last 7-8 years.

In other news, Scott Campbell is moving on from his role as Youth convener, and I would also like to express my thanks to Scott for the great job he did. He is still going to continue in his playing and coaching capacity and we are very grateful for that. We have identified new Youth Conveners to continue running this fantastic section and we hope to name them soon, however we must wait until after the AGM.

I would like to reassure members that, as highlighted above, we do not want to regress in this area either and we hope that you understand the predicament that we are in. We hope that the commitment of coaches and volunteers continues and I can’t thank them enough for their time and efforts they make week in week out. Nobody could have envisaged this pandemic and, unfortunately, it has had an impact on the rugby club, as it has throughout other areas of society. I will do all I can to ensure we, as a club, continue to strive. If anyone wishes to speak with me then please email me- gossy09@yahoo.com . I will do my best to answer your questions.

 

Please take care and I hope to see you all soon,

 

Peter Gossman

President AARFC

Club Results 26/10 & 27/10

Saturday 26th October

National League Cup: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 12-56 Peebles RFC 1st XV

Pictures Available here, thanks to Scott Lendingham Park for the photos.

Galant Conference B U18s: Stirling County U18s B 71-22 Ardrossan Accies U18s

Sunday 27th October

Galant Conference B U16s: Garnock RFC U16s 15-22 Ardrossan Accies U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 101-10 Waysiders Drumpelier U15s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan Accies U13s 34-4 Dalziel U13s

Minis & Micros hosted Greenock Wanderers RFC and Kilmarnock RFC

Club Results 28/9 & 29/9

Saturday 28th September

Tennents National League 3: Howe of Fife 1st XV 26-20 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Sunday 29th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Hamilton Ladies 10-53 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Pictures available here

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 60-21 Kilmarnock U15s

Minis & Micros took part in a tournament at Cumnock RFC

Club Results 21/9 & 22/9

Saturday 21st September

Tennents National League 3: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 38-8 Carrick RFC

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Greenock Wanderers Ladies 140-10 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Sunday 22nd September

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 67-7 Strathaven U16s (Development game played, insufficient numbers home team)

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 50-54 Wigtownshire U15s (Development game played, insufficient numbers home team)

Minis took part in a round robin tournament at Cartha QP RFC

Club Results 14/9 & 15/9

Saturday 14th September

Tennents National League 3: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 44-10 Perthshire 1st XV

Sunday 15th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Ardrossan Accies Ladies 24-95 Biggar Ladies

Galant Conference B U16s: Kilmarnock U16s 60-10 Ardrossan Accies U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Loch Lomond U16s 50-7 Ardrossan Accies U15s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan U13s 34-4 Greenock U13s

President’s Message – Perthshire 14th September

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Bob Lindsay, George Clunie , the players of Perthshire RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

In the first league game of the season, last week, Perthshire had a narrow home defeat to Greenock. I’m sure they will be disappointed with that result and will looking to bounce back from that and, so, we expect a tough game today against a team we know well from our encounters over the last few seasons. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Perthshire RFC all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan, we are hoping to build on a good start to the season with our victories over Berwick (National league cup) and away to Caithness (league). To obtain a bonus point was a great start to the season and it is hoped that we kick on from that. Unfortunately, we have lost a couple of players, Bruce Hunter and Euan Thomson, to injury in the first couple of games and I wish them a speedy recovery.

Today is our first sponsor’s day of the new season, which gives us a chance to thank all of our programme and ball sponsors for their support of the club. I would like to thank them for their continued support and hope that those that manage along enjoy the day and, most importantly, the game. It would be great to see you down throughout the season.

Our match sponsors for the game today are The Kandy Bar, Digby Brown and James Frew Ltd and our ball sponsor is Owen Phillips. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

As I mentioned in my message for the Berwick game, the Rugby World Cup is starting on September 20th and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs. You will see below one of the games highlighted with breakfast + a pint for £5. This coincides with a home game against Carrick that day, so why not start early and enjoy your day at the club. Scotland also plays their first game on Sunday 22nd at 8:45am versus Ireland. It would be great to see people down at the club to enjoy the games, new and old faces, so please come along.
I hope you all have an enjoyable day and may the best team win.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman
President

2019 Upcoming Events

Friday 20th September- Quiz hosted by Dr. Jamie Monaghan (starts 19:30)
Saturday 21st September- New Zealand V South Africa (ko 10:45am)- breakfast and pint £5
Sunday 22nd September- Ireland V Scotland (ko 8:45am)

Club Results – 7/9 and 8/9

Saturday 7th September

Tennents National League 3: Caithness 1st XV 22-27 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Tennents West Reserve League Division 3 South: Marr 3rd XV 31-14 Ardrossan Accies 2nd XV

Pictures available here Marr 3rd XV photos

Sunday 1st September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): West of Scotland Ladies 28-0 Ardrossan Accies Ladies (Ardrossan unable to fulfil due to insufficient numbers)

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 20-26 Dalziel U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 47-97 Dalziel U15s (Development game played due to insufficient numbers away team)

Galant Conference B U13s: East Kilbride U13s 21-23 Ardrossan Accies U13s

Minis & Micros travelled to Kilmarnock and played in matches from Micros – P7

 

Club Results – 31/8 & 1/9

Saturday 31st August

National League Cup: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 50-17 Berwick RFC

Match photos can be found here: 1st XV v Berwick

Galant Conference B U18s: Oban U18s P-P Ardrossan Accies U18s (Game postponed due to waterlogged pitch)

 

Sunday 1st September

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 31-65 Cambuslang U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 7-67 East Kilbride U15s

Galant Conference B U14s: Ardrossan Accies U14s 7-67 Garnock U14s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan Accies U13s 36-44 Cambuslang U13s

Girls AGLV Festival: Ardrossan Accies Girls U16s & U18s participated in a development event at Inverclyde NSTC

Minis & Micros hosted Alan Glens RFC and Paisley RFC in round robin matches from Micros – P7

 

Thanks to this weekend’s sponsors Jas Campbell & Co​, Rightcars Ltd​ and Sunnyside Nursery​ and to the 1st XV match ball sponsor Willie Gibson for their support.