Andrew set to drive development plan forward

Andrew Johnston has been playing and coaching with Oban Lorne for over five years.

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Oban Lorne Rugby Football Club coach Andrew Johnston is standing down from his role at Glencruitten to concentrate on getting players across the region rugby ready.

Andrew has been playing and coaching with Oban Lorne for more than five years and highlights would undoubtedly be the Murrayfield cup run and ultimate victory in the National Bowl.

Beyond the first team, Andrew has also contributed to bringing youth players through to senior level and helped the girl’s game develop, something he aims to continue in his role as regional development officer for Argyll and Bute rugby.

Andrew has been in the role for 18 months but has been on furlough for the past year and is kicking keen to resume his duties.

‘I am going to have big job re-building rugby across Argyll and Bute at all levels of the game from mini rugby to veterans and expect to be doing a lot of travel across the area in the coming year.

‘That being the case, I don’t feel I can give my full commitment to the team at Oban Lorne.

‘I’m sad to be leaving my role as head coach as I have really enjoyed the last few years. I think the club is in a pretty healthy position now.’

Speaking on behalf of the club, Oban Lorne RFC secretary Murray Hamilton said: ‘Oban Lorne is extremely grateful for all the commitment, time, effort and enthusiasm Andrew has brought to the post of head coach.

‘He has brought innovative ideas to the table and pushed for an exciting style of rugby to be played at Glencruitten.’

Looking ahead to his new role, Andrew wants to create more opportunities to play and support rugby communities across the region.

He added: ‘Our mini rugby Dalriada competitions are fantastic, giving young players the chance to learn to play the game in a fun and safe environment.

‘I hope to be able to replicate these events for our youth and adult players and create more opportunities to play the game.

‘I am hoping a lot of people will be looking for new opportunities to take part in organised sports on the back of the pandemic and take a look at the reasons why they take part.

‘For me, it is this part that is really important. It’s not about the winning, it’s about getting together with your mates and enjoying a run about with a ball whether you are  six or 60. It is my aim to create opportunities for everyone to play.’

Oban Lorne RFC is looking for someone to fill Andrew’s boots and deliver planned and progressive training sessions in line with the Scottish Rugby Union Blueprint and attend and manage the team on match days.

The successful applicant should be suitably qualified (UKCC level2) and experienced. Any interested parties should contact M Hamilton at