Category: Coaching

Unbeaten Bishopton named BT Club of the Month

We here at Bishopton are pleased to finally announce that we have been named Septembers BT club of the Month in winning the BT Club of the Month Bishopton are automatically placed into the running for BT Club of the Season at the end of the year.  To qualify for the award three categories are taken into account.

  • Performance: 1st XV playing record and other teams’ performances.
  • Discipline: Club discipline record in that month.
  • Development: Club activity in growing and developing the game.


To win, a club does not have to be the best in all three areas, but should show a successful balance, with potential for long-term growth. Bishopton has excelled in all of these areas in the month of September. As a club we have made strides in coaching, youth section and officiating as well as establishing a development XV.

Through September we enjoyed an unbeaten month in BT West League Division 3, recording a bonus point in every match, with results against some tough opposition having results against Hyndland, Lochaber, Moffat and Lanark.

A lot of this success has come down to the pool of players that the club has been able to pull the match day squad from, this pool has greatly increased due to two key reasons. The first being the increased presence on social media and recruiting new players this has over the last year broadened the area that we have started to attract players to our village and in turn these players have helped bring in others that have in some cases never played rugby before but due to determination and dedicated coaches have developed into 1stXV players.

The major factor that will keep our club developing in the long run is our youth section, as in the last year we have had 7 players that have played at our various youth levels make the step up to senior rugby in various positions and we are edging closer to our target of being able to field a starting XV of players that are purely graduates of our youth sections. To date this has seen Centre Ross McGowan, Scrum Half’s Rob Wallace and Ruari Taylor, Back Row Euan Hay, Lock Alex Neil and Props Tom Dalling and Jack Burns all starting or making a push for starting berths in the team.

Ross McGowan
Ruari Taylor
Euan Hay
Alex Neil
Tom Dalling
Jack Burns
Rob Wallace
















With so many players under the age of 21 breaking into the first team they are setting the marker for our very first U18 team that we have been able to field with many of these players taking part in the weekly summer touch rugby that we run with the seniors with many showing promise. And within that group of U18s we have had 2 players go on to represent West U16s last year and making the step up to U18s in Rory Jackson and Callum Brown. As well as current Bishopton U18 Captain Andrew Carey under taking his Referee training over the last year and in the month of September officiating his first game while also balancing training and playing on a Saturday.

Rory and Callum representing West U16s
The core of our U18 Te am
Andrew Carey






Due to the increased playing numbers many of whom have never played rugby before and the number of players that are making the jump to senior rugby this has meant that we have been able to field a development team for the first time.  With a view to having a regular 2ndXV next season to ensure that these players and a few older ones that still like to lace up their boots are playing on a regular basis rather than around the 1stXV fixtures and limiting them to limited time from the bench.None of this would be possible is it was not for the coaching system that we have in place at the club and the passion that they have to set aside on many cases 3 days a week to ensure that we are moving forward on the pitch as well as off it. From the minis right through to the senior team where every set of coaches are inspirational to the teams that they are coaching and can get the very best out of them come rain or shine.

The committee at this time would like to thank all those people that not just presently volunteer their time and efforts but those that have over the last 23 years of our club’s history have dedicated their time, effort, talents and most importantly the smiles that you have given to everyone else at the club while being involved with us in our goals. Also to all of the players… to the people that go out and put their bodies on the line to stop other teams crossing our try line. Over the years a lot of blood, sweat, tears and the odd broken bone have been put into Holmpark and we simply would not be where we are today without those past and present that pull the Bishopton jersey on.

Having secured the BT Club of the Month for September we now turn our attentions to the rest of the season and to continue on in the same fashion that we have started the season, as we are now in the hunt for Club of the Season. But most importantly…


We are Bishopton Rugby Club and we ARE going places!!

New Head Coach

We are delighted to announce that our new Head coach for Season 2017-18 will be Robbie Stewart, assisted by Franklin Clark.
Robbie Stewart is a Level 3 qualified coach with playing experience with Kilmarnock and Irvine in National League rugby. Robbie has coached at Kilmarnock, Cambuslang and Hillhead and is very much looking forward to getting started with the challenge at Bishopton.

Franklin Clark, has playing experience with Kilmarnock and Clarkston/GHA in National League rugby. He is a Level 2 qualified coach with particular expertise in set piece and forward play. Like Robbie he is keen to make a big impact at Bishopton and is eager to getting started with pre-season training.

We look forward to formally welcoming both to Pre Season training on Tuesday 11th of July at 7.15pm.

All existing players, see you all at Holmpark Tuesday.

Anyone looking for a new club, to return to the game or just looking to try rugby are welcome to come along. We hope to welcome you to The Bish!

This season promises to be an very exciting one for Bishopton RFC and we hope to see you all at Holmpark soon.



Bishopton Rugby Club are seeking a new Head Coach for the coming season. We have a young First XV and we are looking for someone to help develop their consistency and skills within a positive team spirit.

We have a strong community club ethos, with a thriving and constantly expanding junior Section. We are also supporting our local High School, to become a School of Rugby. With the housing development of a further 3,500 homes being built in the village over the coming years, we are working within the community to ensure a new 21st century Sports and leisure facility is built, with a 3G World Rugby pitch at its heart. There clearly is a lot of potential in Bishopton and we are looking for someone to help maximise this over the coming years.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead our Senior Rugby coaching team
  • Develop the skills of the players
  • Attract and recruit new players
  • Develop a high performance team by running challenging, active and effective coaching sessions.
  • Liaise with partners and schools to strengthen links
  • Undertake coach development with other club coaches
  • Be present at all coaching sessions and games
  • Attend coaching/committee meetings
  • Ensure there is a consistent approach to player management and selection
  • Communicate with all male players regarding selection, arrangements for matches, training schedules, etc.


Candidate Requirements

  • Applicants should hold IRB Rugby Right plus UKCC Level 2 Qualification.
  • Candidates, currently working towards Level 2 will be considered.
  • Show commitment, drive and ambition which will command respect within the club.
  • We will consider both experienced coaches and players looking to move into a Player/Coaching role with a proven playing track record.

The position is a voluntary role, however reasonable expenses will be considered by the Management committee.

If you are interested in this role call Andy Jackson for a preliminary discussion on 07894906967 or email your rugby CV to

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th June 2017.

Your club needs coaches

Junior Coaches

Interested in coaching? We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out with the coaching, both on a weekly or just an occasional basis when time allows. If you feel you would like to join us in this very rewarding venture then please let us know and we will arrange the necessary coaching courses!

Your club needs sponsors

New U15 Strip Sponsor

With us now fielding several junior teams, we require to purchase a new strip for the U15 team. We are looking for anyone who knows of or wants to sponsor the U15 team. We are also very grateful for any donations so that we can get this strip for the team. Sponsorship could be large or small, as we can add smaller sponsor logos to the sleeves leaving the main one on the front.

This season we also have a large number of away trips, not only for the 1st XV but also for the U16 / U15 and U14 teams. This additional travel will be met by the club, so any additional sponsorship or donations would be greatly received. You might also consider joining the main Sports and Social Club through the Rugby Section. This gives you access to the main club and the use of its facilities for just £40 per year.



Your club needs you

Match Day Volunteers

This year as with all previous we would like to keep all junior rugby free of charge. This requires us to make additional funds through tuck-shop, merchandise and social events. We would like to ask if anyone could help volunteer on Sunday’s during training and especially matches to help with the tuck-shop and food stalls. If you are interested then please contact us on Sunday.


Coaching Review – 2013/14

I would like to set up a Coaches curry evening to review last season from all age groups of the club, assess our Long Term player development structure against this and agree coaches for next year, all over a curry and a beer.

Thinking of doing this on Wednesday 25th of June, in the club.

Can you please let me know your availability?



Bishopton Rugby Awards – 2013/14

It’s that time of year – the much anticipated Bishopton Rugby awards for season 2013/14 will be presented at the Annual Dinner on April 26th, we need your nominations!

Last year the electronic survey worked well so this year we are repeating it – please take a minute to click through to the following link (surveymonkey) to cast your vote. If you have already participated through either the Facebook or the website links then there is no need to repeat the survey.

Voting Now Closed


Scottish Rugby Union Logo

SRU – Communication: 24 Jan14


Further to the recent communication regarding the introduction of Non Verbal commands by the referee at the throw in to the scrum, Scottish Rugby has reviewed the the process as described by the IRB and following feedback from a number of sources now instruct clubs, schools and all referees to implement the following change with immediate effect:

For ALL rugby played at U18 and below the referee will make use of the verbal command “yes 9” when instructing the scrum half to throw the ball into the scrum. The engagement procedure remains unchanged – “ Crouch – Bind – Set”

Should you have any questions regarding this amendment please contact your local RRDM in the first instance.

Caledonia – Bob Easton –
Glasgow – Andrew Macpherson –
Borders – Iain Heard –
Edinburgh – Colin Brett –