Following a recruitment period, we are pleased to announce Stirling County’s Women’s Coaching Team.
Mark Ainsworth will take up the position of Head Coach, Megan Kennedy will be the set piece coach and Beth McLeod will also join the Women’s coaching team as support.
Eddie Pollock, Director of Rugby at Stirling County RFC commented,
“We are delighted to appoint an exciting coaching team in Mark and Megan. Mark has done an outstanding job with the U18 girl’s team guiding them to the national title and helping to produce so many international players. His knowledge, drive and enthusiasm is just what we need to move us forward in what is an exciting time for Women’s rugby in Scotland.
Megan is an ex Scotland and County player with a huge amount of experience to bring to her role as forwards coach. It’s a first for us in that one of our own Women’s players has come through the system at County to coach the 1st XV. She will be an excellent role model for our players, young and old.
Beth McLeod will also be joining as a support coach. I coached Beth McLeod in the Scotland Women’s side back in 2000. She was a top player who has a fantastic knowledge of the game and is a hugely positive individual who, with her extensive coaching knowledge, will be a great support to the new coaching team.
Lastly, I would like to thank Rob Storey for his unstinting effort as head coach over the past few seasons. He has done an excellent job cementing us as a premiership side and helping to develop so many internationalists over that period. We wish him well as he moves back south.”
Coach Support working with the whole coaching staff and players with a career in rugby and coach development.
Beth McLeod said in relation to joining the coaching team,
“After a period away from rugby, I am keen to get back involved and help with coaching in particular. Helping out with the Stirling County RFC Women’s team holds a huge appeal for me.”
Head Coach for Stirling County RFC Women
“I am delighted to have been appointed Head Coach for SCRFC Women’s team for the coming season. After the recent Scottish Rugby Union strategy announcement, this is an exciting time to be involved in women’s rugby and I am committed to keeping Stirling at the forefront of the Scottish game. This year the coaching team will have the enticing prospect of blending quality experienced players with emerging young talent moving up from U18s. I look forward to an enjoyable and successful season.”
Set Piece Coach for Stirling County RFC Women
“After a little while away from rugby, I’m really excited to be back at Stirling County in my new role as set piece coach!
It’s a very exciting time for women’s rugby in Scotland following the announcement of the new Women’s and Girl’s Strategy. Women and girls now have opportunities they’ve never had before and I’m really looking forward to playing my part in that!
Stirling County was such a huge part of my rugby career and I’m hugely grateful to be able to give back and for another opportunity to encourage women and girls to give rugby a go and see their true potential!”