Colts and Junior Elite Programme

At London Scottish we help develop players from the earliest ages to become the best players they can be, and with over 30% of our players Scottish Qualified one of our primary aims is to develop future Scottish talent.

Colts and Junior Elite Programme

When the players reach the U16-U18 age group many are looking to move on from playing rugby for fun, to playing rugby for the future. London Scottish responds by providing a professional coaching and development programme. We find many new players join the club at this level because of this and our links to:

  • Professional rugby – they recognise the clear link between players in this group moving on to play professional rugby in the future.
  • Scottish Rugby – an important differentiator for many of our players and many travel from outside London to play for us as a result.

The programme has a professional coaching structure provided by:

  • Michael Mullins – rugby coach at Isleworth and Syon, one of our partner schools.
  • Neil MacFarlane – currently at St Mary’s, and coach of this age group for the last 3 years
  • Phil Cringle – current 1st XV prop and ex Scottish U20 player
  • Deanna Bailey – Physio
  • David Morris – LSFC Director of Rugby, who monitors progress and provides the link to the senior teams in the club.

Coaching starts with Pre-Season each July building core skills, strength and conditioning, and developing patterns of play. This continues throughout the season each Wednesday night when we train from 6:30  – 8:00. This sets us up for the season proper and matches on a Sunday. Players want to play week in, week out in order to challenge themselves, so this year we are playing:

  • U17 – league matches in the Herts and Middlesex Leagues
  • Colts (U16-U18) – competitive friendlies against local opposition (Saracens, Wasps, Reeds)
  • Junior Elite (U16-U18) – elite matches 5-6 times throughout the season (Ealing academy, Modena Rugby)

The different games give the players a chance to develop against a broad range of styles and standards.

Over the years we have had demonstrable success with this approach and this year two previous players have played with the 1sts Xv, another is on loan to a club on development, and two play with the London Scottish senior amateurs.

If you’d like to find out more just contact playrugby@londonscottish.com