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Rugby Camps

Summer Rugby Camp 2020 

Our rugby camp is professionally designed and tailored to meet the individual development needs of every player.

Our progressive programme includes:

  • Individual skill and unit development sessions
  • Game and positional understanding
  • Video analysis i.e. goal kicking techniques
  • Strength & conditioning, fitness and injury prevention workshops
  • Nutritional and lifestyle seminars
  • Leadership and team building activities

This rugby camp experience will kick start your season and allow you to hit the ground running!

Roddy Deans, Director of Rugby and Scotland U16 Head Coach.

We welcome players from around the world; however, we expect attendees to have a good level of English. English is not taught as part of the course. This camp is recommended for boys who have prior rugby experience. We are unable to accept childcare vouchers as this is a sports coaching week.

If you have any enquiries regarding the camp please call Gillian Macaulay on +44 131 312 2262 or email activitycamps@merchiston.co.uk. 

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Teaching Staff

The camp will be led by Roddy Deans and David Blair from Merchiston Castle School.

David Blair

David Blair

Teacher of Physical Education; 1XV Rugby Coach, Rogerson Housemaster
BSc

Mr Blair is a former professional rugby player with a First-Class Honours degree in Physical Education, Sports Studies and Professional Education. He is passionate about teaching Physical Education and has extensive knowledge on the subject. He employs a number of teaching styles in his classes in order to develop life skills that go beyond the classroom, such as communication, leadership and responsibility.

He particularly enjoys incorporating the use of iPads in his lessons, as they enable boys to analyse and improve their performances. Mr Blair currently teaches Higher Physical Education and really enjoys teaching pupils about the way in which mental and emotional factors can impact performance. In addition to his role within the PE department, Mr Blair is also the lead attack coach and backs specialist for the 1st XV rugby team. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and racket sports.

 

Roddy Deans

Director of Rugby
BSc

Roddy Deans is passionate about rugby, having been brought up in the Borders and having strong rugby traditions running through his family. He has already amassed over 20 years of rugby development experience. He possesses vast knowledge and understanding of how to develop young players from a primary age through to national performance rugby players.

He has worked for the Scottish Rugby Union as Edinburgh’s Rugby Development Officer. Within this role, he coached Edinburgh Pathway teams at U14 & U15 levels and Edinburgh U16, U17 & U18. Roddy has also coached Hawick RFC and Heriot’s RFC in the Scottish Premiership. As a player, he also captained both teams and won the Scottish Premiership, Border League and Scottish Cup at both Clubs. Roddy has been coaching the Scotland U16 team for five seasons and was Head Coach for two years. He has a proven track record of identifying, coaching and mentoring many current professional players and Scotland internationalists.

Roddy comments: “I fully believe development can be accelerated through the environment you create as a coach. Through my experience as a teacher, coach and parent, I feel we can create the perfect learning environment to allow every child the opportunity to express himself and further develop.”

Timetable

Rugby Camp Programme Overview

 

My son enjoyed the variety of training and thoroughly enjoyed his week – it was a fantastic experience and he has made some good friends as well.

It was brilliant – I hope to go again next year!