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Meet our new YDO: Tom Foley

Tom Foley, a former pupil at Musselburgh Grammar and currently one of our senior squad players has just been appointed as the club’s new Youth Development Officer.

Tom is already known by many of the pupils at the High School through his coaching of the U13 and U14 boys and we are sure that he will be highly successful in this new role.

Tom has taken over from Ross Hanning. The club would like to thank Ross for all of his hard work and wish him all the best in his future career.

We caught up with Tom and asked him a few questions on the new job.

How excited are you at taking on the role as Youth Development Officer?

"Aye, very excited! It’s a fantastic opportunity to be heavily involved in the club, bit weird being back at the old school but it’s been great to meet new people and catch up with some familiar faces."

What attracted you to the job?

"Having played at the club since a young age and more recently been involved with coaching in the midi section it was a no brainer when I was asked if I was interested in taking on the role. Being given more responsibility for helping these young players progress is something I’m very passionate about."

How has your first few weeks in the role been so far?

They’ve been good, felt like I’ve settled in fairly quickly. I already knew most of the coaches in the midi section and having been down on a few Sundays, there’s an excellent group of parents and former players running the mini’s which will only help them go from strength to strength in years to come. I’m still relatively new to this role so learning on the job has been a great experience.

For those who don’t know, can you tell us what your role involves?

"The variety of this job is one the main reasons I was interested. Whether it’s organising Mini camps or delivering sessions in both Primary schools and the High school, arranging fixtures for the Midi section & Working with people in the community to raise the profile of rugby."

What has impressed you the most with our current batch of youth players?

"Having had previous experience of coaching the majority of them at mini camps, it’s good to see that both our U13s and U16s especially have all helped each other improve and grow as a unit since they first started playing rugby. The strength and depth in youth section is only going to grow if we can continue to see them stick together and push themselves on to become better."

What can our young players look forward to this year?

"With Restrictions being lifted it’s allowed us to reintroduce rugby as part of the school curriculum which gives me the opportunity to engage with more youth players. I plan on running Mini Camps in both the Easter and Summer Holidays, Weekly Gym sessions for S1-S6 teams to make the most of our fantastic new facility that was built in the summer and hopefully getting them as many games as possible."

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