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