Biggar RFC Academy

The Biggar RFC Academy started in 2015 and has been very successful  for the club with many of the original academy players progressing into the 1st XV, gaining representative regional honours and Scotland Age Grade caps for both male and female sides.

The academy programme is currently managed by Nic Humphries and is split into two different parts, Hypers and club Academy.

Hypers is the high performance academy within the rugby club that’s aim is to develop the individuals skills, tactical awareness and strength and conditioning of players. Hypers currently has 45 players ageing from U14 to U18 both male and female and all players follow a schedule that includes skills sessions, speed work, gym sessions plus extras such as nutrition workshops and feedback/review meetings. The programme is managed and delivered by level 3 qualified coach Nic Humphries with strength and conditioning sessions being led by UKCC Level 2 S and C qualified coach Donald Voas.

Hypers sessions take pace on a Monday and Wednesday evening aswell as a Friday afternoon, the players will also complete their usual team training providing the players with a professional, intense and well structured programme that will aid their rugby and physical development.

The Club academy offers additional training for those aged between P6 to S6 as well as offering not in the Hypers programme the opportunity to work with Academy coaches Nic Humphries, Andrew Jardine and for the U18 boys Andrew Barnett.

The primary focus of the academy training is to develop fitness and core skills but the sessions will also develop the tactical understanding of the players. Academy sessions come at no extra cost as they are included as part of a players club membership.

Training Times & Coaches 

Monday

  • P6 and P7 Group 1 – 6pm to 7pm coached by Andrew Jardine
  • U13 and U14 boys – 7pm to 8.15 pm coached by Andrew Jardine
  • Girls – 7pm to 8.15pm coached by Nic Humphries

Tuesday & Thursday

  • U18 boys – 6pm to 7pm coached by Andrew Barnett

Wednesday

  • P6 and P7 group 2 – 6pm to 7pm coached by Andrew Jardine
  • u15 and u16 – 7pm to 8.15pm coached by Nic Humphries
Development Officer – Andrew Barnett

Assistant Development Officer – Andrew Jardine

Biggar RFC is a thriving club which caters for players from Primary 1 through to senior. We currently boast teams at P1/2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, U13 ,U14, U15, U16 and U18 as well as a girls U12, U14’s, U16s and U18’s team, 2 senior teams, a Ladies team and a social / over 35’s team.

I am Andrew Barnett, Club and Community Development Officer for Biggar Rugby Football Club. Since the 2008/09 season the club has employed a full time development officer to help maintain the status of the Clydesdale region’s premier sports club.

The development programme can be loosely split into two key areas: club programme and community programme.

Club Programme:

The club aspect of development officer role essentially revolves around the following question:
In the time between a youngster joining the club to when they graduate through to senior rugby – how can we help them achieve their own absolute potential as rugby players, as teammates and as club members?

Biggar Rugby Club boasts 14 competitive teams from Primary 3 through to 1st XV as well as non-competitive weekly sessions for P1’s and 2’s. With teams at every age group from P3 through to U18, we currently have approximately 45 volunteer coaches across all youth age groups. I work very closely with these coaches, trying to ensure every child gets the best rugby experience possible through educating coaches in the latest coaching techniques and tactical and technical knowledge.

The safety of participants is always at the absolute forefront of our minds. Therefore, every coach is required to go through an annual ‘Are You Ready to Play Rugby?’ course. This is a yearly update which leads our volunteers through the latest safe coaching ideas and techniques.

Community Programme:

The community programme primarily revolves around the schools programme. I run rugby taster sessions in both Biggar and Lanark cluster primary schools as well as curricular and extra-curricular activities in Biggar High School and Lanark Grammar School. If you have a child who goes to a Biggar or Lanark cluster primary school it’s highly likely I will have delivered rugby sessions to them and their classmates.

Biggar RFC are also proud members of the Biggar Community Sports Hub, and work with other sporting teams in the area to give youngsters the maximum sporting opportunities possible.

For questions regarding rugby development in your area or any other enquiries regarding the club in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact details below.

Yours in Rugby,

Andrew Barnett | Club and Community Development Officer | Biggar Rugby Football Club | Hartree Mill | Biggar | ML12 6JJ

Mob: 07834600337 | Email: development.officer@biggarrfc.org.uk |
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BiggarRFC |

Nic Humphries – Hypers/Academy Manager

UKCC Level 3 + UKCC Level 2 S & C

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Donald Voas – Hypers strength and conditioning coach

UKCC S & C Level 2

Andrew Jardine – Academy Coach

UKCC Level 2 &  UKCC S and C Level 1

Hypers taught me not to limit my challenges but challenge my limits

Rowan Stewart , Biggar 1st XV

Hypers gave me the training I needed to work to the top but it also gave me the confidence and belief that I can get there

Sarah Denholm, Scotland 7s international

I developed massively working with Nic Humphries in Hypers improving my technical ability and tactical understanding

Andrew Jardine, Biggar 1st XV