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PCS is not just about coaches and coaching, players and player development, it is about everyone in the club adopting and embracing an approach to "The Way we do Things" in our rugby club and this section looks at the very important role that is played by Parents. (If you missed the 1st note on PCS you can read it here.)

  • Develop young rugby players

  • Develop young people through rugby

  • Build & sustain a strong and positive culture in our rugby clubs.

How should we seek to achieve these aims?

Through identifying our club ethos and communicating it in a practical and understandable way to all stakeholders in our club (coaches, parents, players, supporters, members, staff), so that this ethos and underlying values come to life in everything we do.

Through imlementing the key PCS principles in the way we structure our rugby environment:

Don't be fooled into thinking this is simply a soppy "Medals for everyone" approach.

There are three key principles at the heart of Positive Coaching Scotland. Adopting these iscritical to becoming an
effective positive rugby parent and ensuring that young people develop important life skills. These principles form
an integral part of a strong and positive club culture.

1. Honour our sport (ROOTS)
2. Redefining 'winner'
3. Filling the Emotional Tank

As part of our Accreditation, the SRU will help us produce a brochure outlining "Tools for Parents" which incorporates our values and ethos and which explains these three key principles. Below are excerpts from the brochure which deals with all three. Attached here for download is a copy of the brochure produced for Hillfoots RFC which goes into much greater detail in terms of how Parents can become involved and indeed must become involved, to make the best for all of the opportunity PCS presents. Download by clicking here.

1. Honour our sport, with the acronym ROOTS
The first principle teaches young people how to honour their sport through teaching respect for rules, opponents,
officials, team mates, and self. The programme represents it thus;


At this point it is very important to remember that Youth sport should not be confused with professional or elite sport.

The focus of youth sport is on participation and enjoyment, a positive mental attitude and passion - values shared throughout sport but without the 'win at all costs' mentality sometimes associated with professional and elite sport.

As a parent with a child involved in rugby, it is important to recognise the need to manage your expectations of
what your child achieves and ensure you are helping them to enjoy themselves and learn vital life lessons.

Cartha Queen's Park RFC will give your child the opportunity to develop to his/her full potential as rugby players as well. This process is focused on long term improvement and development. This has the implication that match days are
learning experiences and nobody needs to become anxious about the outcome of games.


2. Redefine 'winner' (ELM)
We want young people to see beyond the scoreboard when taking part in rugby. True winning comes from giving
the best possible effort, continually improving by learning, and maximising potential by not being afraid to make
mistakes and learn from them. The programme describes it like this:


Moving from a "Scoreboard Culture to a Mastery Culture - this is a concept I REALLY like!

In a survey of 10,000 children asked why they participated in sport, the answer 'winning' only came 10th on the list!!!!

Top of the list included, fun and enjoyment, improving skills and getting fit.

But pressure to win featured high on the list of reasons why they dropped out. Constant focus on winning the game is a short-term strategy and may hinder a child's long-term development within sport. Positive Coaching Scotland shifts the
emphasis from a scoreboard culture (winning at all costs) to a mastery culture (winning through effort).

The following graphic shows the thinking behind the approach.


Young people need to feel appreciated no matter what their ability. It is crucial that we encourage, teach,
appreciate, provide non-verbal support and know how to praise. Keeping with the graphics theme, this is explained below


A child with good self-esteem has the confidence to try new things and make new friends. Confidence helps them
understand that if things go wrong, they can put them right. For many young people, confidence is fragile and can
be affected by negative comments from parents or coaches. The Positive Coaching approach gives consistent encouragement and praise and helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem.

In the brochure, there are excellent notes for Parents on how we can become involved, how we can adopt the PCS approach, the things that we can do to follow these principles. It can be download here.

The Accreditaton Event in February seeks to emphasise parental participation and part of the Event includes a Workshop specially designed for parents, withthe principles in this brochure providing the framework.

That's probalby more than enough to take in just now.....as before any questions, just ask the guys & girls in the Working group or drop me an email convenor@carthakids.com

PCS Update no.2 - 3rd January 2013


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Welcome to the PCS Section on our CarthaKids.com website. Currently, this section of the website serves to provide information to all members of Cartha Queen's Park RFC in respect of our Positive Coaching Scotland programme.

There is a simple reason for this, Stephen hasn't yet had the chance to put this information onto the main club website.

Dated updates will appear in the main panel as we progress towards Accreditation on 17th February 2013.


Links to web based resources will appear in this section as our "Information programme" proceeds.


Click the document here to download a pdf of the info in the main panel.

Or click here to view online.

PCS Info on SRU Website- Click here

Members of the CQP
PCS Working group inlcude:

Stuart Taylor
Keith Pender
John McCartney
Brodie McGregor
John Williams
Stephen Running
Karen Knox
Gillian Bryce
Andrew Lamont
Stephen McKinnon
Scott Douglas
Dan Tams
Joan Hutchison
Pat O'Neil
Gordon Miller
Tom Feasby
Dan Young

Lead Contact:
Stephen Running,
Junior Co-ordinator

Junior Coaching Co-ordinator
Brodie McGregor

LTPD Co-ordinator
Andrew Lamont

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