The School of Rugby is a successful sporting opportunity, led by PE teacher Jamie Murchie and supported by Ardrossan Accies development officer Andrew Duncan, which has gone from strength to strength year on year.

The programme hopes with the exposure to rugby and its code of values and fitness requirements to target not only the development of skills associated with the sport but also personal, social and health and well being skills.
Pupils have one period of rugby during curricular time and get to compete in various school competitions such as Scottish Schools, Ayrshire Schools Series, Ayrshire 7s and SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship, in which the group managed to win their qualifying group and get to the semi-finals. 

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There is then a clear pathway for pupils to join local community clubs, such as Ardrossan Accies, to further their rugby development and experience.
Over 150 pupils have gone through the programme. 
Jamie said: “This year we have over 80 in the four groups, S1 boys, S2 boys, S3 boys and S1-3 girls. 
“After they finish with the School of Rugby in S3 there is a clear pathway into the senior phase with a rugby specific course, which involves gaining qualifications in performance, coaching, refereeing, first aid and strength and conditioning.”

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