John Hillcoat Goalkeeping Academy will be delivering a 5 day summer camp in July but this year’s camp promises to be best due to the personal appearance of Rangers & Scotland legend ANDY GORAM!! The camp will run from Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups with “The Goalie” popping in to deliver a session and hang around to answer some questions and sign autographs. I will run a morning session for the younger ’keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. The sessions are fun filled and packed with loads of learning opportunities and the Goalie Wars tournament at the end of the week always goes down a treat!

The camp is a great way to build up base fitness and has proven to get the ’keepers in tip top shape for the start of the season. Drinks will be provided for all participants and will receive a special goalie goody bag!!

Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Details as follow:

Dates: Mon 23rd – Fri 27th July

Session times: 10am—1pm (age group 7-12), 1.30pm—4.30pm (age group 13-18)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches, Braehead. G51 4SY

Tel: 07921914578

Thirty girls take part in area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy

Thirty Renfrewshire girls rolled up their sleeves earlier this week to take part in the area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy and give the sport a try.

Youngsters from primary 6 through to sixth year were given expert coaching from the council’s rugby development officer, Lindsey Smith, who also plays for the Scottish women’s team.

They also heard first hand how enjoyable rugby is from two local teenagers who only took up the sport this time last year – and now make the national under-20s team.

Amanda Moore (from Paisley) and Lauren Hagan (from Bridge of Weir), both 17, were coached in the sport for the first time last year at a rugby development day and now play for the Scottish women’s under-20s team.

Lindsey said: “Rugby is a fantastic sport. It helps youngsters develop key skills such as decision making and working as part of a team while encouraging them to be active and gain fitness and strength.

“As a female rugby player and coach, I think it’s really important that girls realise that rugby is very much a sport they can take part in and enjoy. The academy was fantastic and I was delighted that Amanda and Lauren came along and show the younger girls just how fun rugby is.”

While girls’ rugby sessions have taken place in Renfrewshire as part of school PE – this is the first time an ‘opt-in’ academy has taken place. It includes learning the laws of the game, learning to run and avoid tacklers and tackle techniques.

The academy will continue into the New Year on Wednesday afternoons at Castlehead High. Anyone interested in taking part should call 0141 842 3000.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The girls’ rugby academy is a wonderful idea. There’s an ideal sport out there for everyone, and I’d urge Renfrewshire girls to give rugby a try. Who knows? You could enjoy the sport as much as Amanda and Lauren and get to be part of the national team one day.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.