THE next generation of rugby masterminds could soon emerge from a South Ayrshire Council secondary school thanks to a new coaching academy being launched in Ayr.

T he Kyle Academy ‘Rugby Coaching Academy’ is being run in partnership with Ayr Rugby Club.

Part of the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) initiative, South Ayrshire Council has been working with the Prince’s Trust and DYW to bring the project to life. The £9,260 plans are being funded by Ayr Community Rugby Trust, DYW Ayrshire, the Prince’s Trust and Kyle Academy.

The project will provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, an understanding ofthe roles and responsibilities of a sports coach.

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said:“The strong partnership with Ayr Rugby Club will help to deliver a practical experience.”

Mary Byrne, Head teacher at Kyle Academy said: “We’re hoping to see a new generation of rugby coaches emerge from the academy as we provide first-class opportunities for our young people.”

S5 pupil, Georgia Bryden is one of those taking part in the project.

She said she was looking forward to getting involved, “The Rugby Coaching Academy is a great opportunity to learn new skills and work with younger pupils. It is good to see them develop their rugby skills and their enjoyment of the sport.”