Community Schools Rugby
Orkney RFC welcomed John Cairns into his new post as Rugby Development Officer in November 2016 when Tom Hughes left to take up a role with Leicester Tigers. John has a wealth of experience for the role having a BA Sports Development and coaching degree from University of Glasgow, During John’s coaching career he has obtained various rugby qualifications including UKCC Rugby Union Level 2, World Rugby Strength & Conditioning Level 1, UKCC Rugby League Level 2 and IRB Coaching Sevens Level 1 and looks to regularly attend CPD events. John’s career spans working within Rugby Union coaching at Loudon School of Rugby run through Kilmarnock RFC, Rugby League working with Scotland U15’s and Wheelchair Rugby League where he was assistant coach before becoming interim head coach, John also has experience working with players with additional support needs through Trust Rugby International Scotland’s first unified rugby team. John sees it as his goal to facilitate the development of players, coaches and volunteers. That is to let players get to the highest level they want – whether it to be Orkney’s first XV, or whether players want to try and push and go even further, which would be fantastic for themselves and the club. But also the volunteers, whether it is someone that comes and helps with the kit on a Saturday morning, or whether it is someone who wants to coach or referee, it’s to facilitate that and support them in achieving those goals
Community Rugby Coach
Rachael Suttie, a former RGU Graduate; has recently been employed by ORFC as a Community Rugby Coach. At present, Rachael is a playing member of the Orkney Woman’s Rugby Team and runs the Orkney RFC Youth Strength & Conditioning classes for S1 and above.
Rachael holds a UKCC Level 2 in Coaching Youth & Adult Rugby Union and is currently a Level 2 Fitness Advisor, working towards a Level 3 in Personal Training.
In post Rachael will be working with the Rugby Development Officer, Tom Hughes; to aid in the deployment of Tag Rugby across Orkney.
Food Standards Agency
Healthy Eating & Well Being Project
Since September 2010 the Food Standards Agency project has seen over 500 Orkney pupils take part in the Health & Well Being initiative.
The project consists of 6 sections including Bacteria facts, eating & staying healthy, personal hygiene and food storage.
Through the project there are continuous fun based activities including word searches, practical learning activities, optional home activities and pictures plus quotes from current Scottish International players sharing their knowledge on important health & well being information.
All children receive a goody bag and the school receives a plaque on completion of their work.