Ayrshire Bulls name Assistant Coaches for 2021 Season

Ayrshire Bulls have confirmed that Rob Harley, Pete Horne and Dean Kelbrick have joined Pat MacArthur’s backroom team for the 2021 Season.

Ayrshire Bulls today confirmed their coaching team for the 2021 season with head coach and former Glasgow Warrior Pat MacArthur being joined by current Glasgow Warriors players Rob Harley and Pete Horne and former Ayr 1st XV Captain Dean Kelbrick as assistant coaches.

Headed up by MacArthur, the coaching group brings with it a wealth of club, professional and international rugby experience with the high-level appointments showcasing how FOSROC Super6 is fast becoming a platform for aspiring young coaches to gain valuable experience before moving onto the next stage of their coaching career.

Speaking about the announcement, head coach Pat MacArthur said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have Pete, Dean and Rob working with me. They all bring so much knowledge, experience and game understanding to the team.”

“They are all very well respected and I know they want to support the development of our players. I’m confident we will develop a culture around hard work and effort, both on and off the pitch, that everyone at the club can be proud of.”

On taking up his Ayrshire Bulls assistant coaching role, current Glasgow Warrior and 43 time capped Scotland centre Pete Horne said, “I’m really looking forward to getting started with the Ayrshire Bulls.”

“I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen from the players, we’ve got a really good bunch of guys with a good work ethic.”

“I get on really well with Pat, having played with him for years at Glasgow Warriors, and I’m looking forward to building towards the new season with him, Rob and Dean.”

Forwards coach and Glasgow Warriors most capped player of all time, Rob Harley, said, “I’m looking forward to getting started at Ayrshire Bulls.

“I have a good history working with both Pat and Pete and I believe we’ll complement each other as a coaching group.”

“We’re all excited for the season to get underway and to begin working with the squad.”

Also joining the coaching team is Dean Kelbrick, a former Ayr 1st XV Captain. He was part of the club’s first ever double league and cup winning team in 2012/13. Since retiring, the strong running mid-field player has been involved with coaching several different teams, the Scotland U20 Women’s team and both the Hillhead Women’s and Men’s 1st XV’s.

Dean said, “It’s great to be back at Millbrae. I had a very enjoyable time here with lots of good memories.”

“I know this place means a lot to so many people. There is such a strong culture and community feel to this place. Of course, I also know the crowd has become used to winning. That’s something I’m sure we all want to see continuing.”

Ayrshire Bulls front-of-shirt Sponsor, Jim Kirkwood from Allanvale, said, “For me, this just shows the ambition the Ayrshire Bulls have, and everyone associated with them. This looks like a great coaching team; I can’t wait to get along to Millbrae and support the team.”

Ayrshire Bulls, along with other FOSROC Super6 teams, will be making squad announcements in due course.


Ayrshire Bulls FOSROC Super6 Head Coach Job Advert

Ayrshire Bulls, who are part of Ayr Rugby and play in Scottish Rugby’s FOSROC Super6 competition are looking for a new Ayrshire Bulls Head Coach with immediate effect. We have a strong track record of producing players and coaches who have progressed onto professional teams and want to see FOSROC Super6 grow and develop. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious coach who wants to play a key role in developing the Ayrshire Bulls and the FOSROC Super6 competition. Playing out of Millbrae in the iconic Pink and Black colours, you will be supported by a strong, well-run community- based club, who are looking forward to the future with excitement.

The Head Coach will have a track record of coaching successful teams and understands how to get the best of players and staff. They must be someone who can lead a positive culture and inspire others around them, with the aim of making our community proud that creates a ripple effect across the South West region and help drive FOSROC Super6 forward.The incoming Head Coach will work closely with the Team Manager, to continue to build a team of coaching and support staff whilst recruiting players.

We are looking for the successful applicant to possess the following:

  • Relevant rugby coaching experience with a successful track record of developing players and teams.
  • UKCC Level 4 Coaching qualification, or currently working towards, or willing to commit to the next available or relevant course.
  • Experience of attending and delivering CPD opportunities.
  • A track record of managing and working with in a set budget
  • A comprehensive understanding of the running of a part-time professional rugby club and its

associated amateur clubs, teams and schools as well as being responsible for a large number of the operational aspects of the club.

  • The ability to build, lead and manage a team of coaches and support staff- forming strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust, reinforced with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An in-depth knowledge and experience of rugby at the higher levels with a view to player

recruitment and development.

The position is a full-time role and the successful applicant will be expected to deliver a number of outcomes both on and off the pitch. Full terms and conditions for the position are available upon enquiry.

Job Description requests should be sent to: [email protected]

Should you wish to speak to Billy McHarg, Ayrshire Bulls CEO on any aspect of this position, please call on 07802359342

All applications should be sent with a cover letter of no more than 500 words and a CV to [email protected]

Closing Date: Monday 15th March 12noon


Peter Murchie moves onto new role as Glasgow Warriors Assistant Coach

Ayrshire Bulls Head Coach Peter Murchie is moving onto the Glasgow Warriors coaching team as an Assistant Coach.

The former Scotland and Glasgow Warriors back joined Ayr Rugby back in the 2017/18 season as an assistant, became Head Coach of the Ayr 1st XV for the 2018/19 season, leading the team to a famous double, winning the League and Cup. This was the second time in the club’s history that this success was achieved. The first coach to do this was Kenny Murray, with whom Peter will now be coaching with at the Warriors.

(Peter Murchie after winning the Scottish Cup as Head Coach in 2019 – Thanks to George McMillan for the Photo)

After becoming Head Coach of the Ayrshire Bulls, who play in Scottish Rugby’s new FOSROC Super6 competition, Peter worked hard to grow a new team and develop players both for the Ayrshire Bulls and to move onto the pro ranks. One of the aims of FOSROC Super6 is to produce players and coaches for pro rugby, and everyone at the Ayrshire Bulls and Ayr Rugby is delighted to see Pete progress to the next level in his coaching career.

Peter said, “I just want to thank Ayr rugby club for the last few years, firstly working with Ayr RFC in the Scottish Premiership as an assistant and then as Head Coach, with the obvious highlight being the League and Cup double. Great memories! Then moving onto the Super6 with Ayrshire Bulls allowed me to focus on being a Full-time coach. I really hope that the clubs can get back playing asap but only when it is safe to do so and the Super6 can fulfil its potential.”

“As with any great club it is the people that you will miss the most, so to all the staff, volunteers, sponsors and players, thank you for all you do and will continue to do in the future. Moving to Glasgow Warriors is an exciting opportunity for me and I will do everything possible to keep improving as a coach and add value in my new role. Game days at Ayr have a great buzz and the supporters play a huge role in that. I look forward to catching a game at Millbrae when we are able to”.

(Peter Murchie as Ayrshire Bulls Head Coach in 2020 – Thanks to George McMillan for the Photo)

Billy McHarg, Ayrshire Bulls CEO, said, “It is no surprise to me that Peter is now joining Glasgow Warriors as Assistant Coach. During his time with Ayrshire Bulls and Ayr RFC he has been an excellent Head Coach who built on his work ethic and attention to detail. Peter was well liked at the club and we wish him well. Glasgow Warriors’ gain is Ayrshire Bulls’ loss. However, we would never stand in the way of a coach or player progressing into any professional set up from our FOSROC Super6 team”.

With plans in place for FOSROC Super6 starting this year, the Ayrshire Bulls have started the recruitment process for a new Head Coach.


Ollie Smith Signs Professional Contract With Glasgow Warriors

The Ayrshire Bulls are delighted that Ollie Smith has signed his first professional contract with Glasgow Warriors.

The 20-year old made his first appearance at the turn of the year for the Warriors, when he came on as a late sub in the Warriors 23-22 win against Edinburgh.

Smith was a real standout for the Bulls in their 2019/20 season in the FOSROC Super6. The talented young full back showed his true rugby intelligence and sheer power.

Director of Rugby Stuart Fenwick said: “I’m really pleased for Ollie, it’s a fantastic reward for his dedication and hardwork over the years”

“It’s been great to see Ollie and other youth players representing the Bulls in last years Super6. Despite its early finish it was still encouraging to see the young players like Ollie develop their game and grow in confidence”.

 

 

The talented youngster has represented Scotland at the U20 level multiple times playing an integral part in wins over New Zealand at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup, followed up by playing in the huge crushing of Wales last March.

Everyone at Ayrshire Bulls and Ayr Rugby Club wishes Ollie all the best at Glasgow Warriors and for his future career.


JMS extend stay with Ayr Rugby and the Ayrshire Bulls

Ayr Rugby are delighted to announce that local plant and fencing contractor John Marshall & Sons have extended their sponsorship of both Ayr Rugby and the Ayrshire Bulls. JMS will also adopt a player from both the Bulls and Club XV squad as their player-sponsor.

 

The renewed sponsorship was launched at John Marshall and Sons yard in Maidens, taking place before the introduction of tier 4 lockdown restrictions and with all participants adhering to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) protocols.

 

Pictured below are (L-R) Glen Tippett (General manager at Ayr Rugby Club/Ayrshire Bulls), Alan Marshall (JMS), Nico Griffiths (Ayrshire Bulls prop), Alan Marshall Snr., Sarah Marshall (Both JMS).

JMS Ltd are a plant and fencing contractor based in Maidens Ayrshire, they undertake agricultural, industrial and domestic work and have done for almost 120 years. By combining the benefits of modern technology with their skills and experience, JMS Ltd can erect any fence, anywhere. They also specialise in temporary access roads. All of their plant operators are CPCS certified.

 

Director of JMS, Alan Marshall, expressed delight upon the extension: “We are over the moon to be continuing our sponsorship of both Ayr Rugby and the Ayrshire Bulls. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing their progression when Rugby returns”.

 

The launch also provided the perfect opportunity for club photographer George McMillan to snap Alan alongside his pride and joy, a Yamaha motorcycle.

 

Ayr Rugby C.O.O Glen Tippett was equally positive: “We are delighted John Marshall & Sons Ltd are back onboard. They are a big company in Ayrshire and to have them commit to us during these times highlights the ambition of this club. Their logo has been emblazoned on the back of the Bulls jersey since their conception and they have also erected our fabulous pitch-side fences for sponsor boards.

 

“For JMS community involvement is massive, and that correlates well with our values and drives. Ayr Rugby continues to be at the heart of the local community and we are thankful to be so heavily entwined during these unprecedented times”.

 

For more information on John Marshall & Sons Ltd or to enquire about fencing or temporary road developments contact them on 01655 331 464 or email [email protected].

 


Scotty Brand joins Ayr Rugby Sponsors’ Family

Ayr Rugby is delighted to announce that Scottish food producer Scotty Brand has come on board as sponsors of both Ayr Rugby and the Ayrshire Bulls.

 

Pictured is Ayr Rugby General Manager Glen Tippett with Scotty Brand’s Commercial Director Richard Allison, joining the pair is Ayrshire Bull Tyler Beary and Club XV captain Zac Howard.

 

Scotty Brand’s iconic Scotty Dog logo will adorn both the senior men’s jerseys and a pitch sideboard (pictured).

 

(L-R: Tyler Beary, Glen Tippett, Richard Allison, Zach Howard. Image – George McMillan)

 

Scotty Brand loves bringing you Scotland’s exceptional food. The team there knows it’s up there with the very best in the world and they are hugely proud to work with their growers and producers so you and your family can enjoy it. Scotty Brand knows you lead a busy life, that mealtimes can be hectic and that your time is precious, so they believe in making it as easy as possible to prepare delish dishes that everyone will love. Healthy, nutritional, quick and convenient meals that do nothing less than fill up your tum and fill up everyone’s hearts with the joy that only great grub can bring. Those tatties that are extra tasty, those berries that are extra juicy, grown in the finest Scottish earth – but which won’t cost you the earth. All packaged and produced right here in Scotland”

 

Scotty Brand’s Commercial Director, Richard Allison commented, “We’re pleased to be supporting Ayr Rugby Club, building the strong link between good quality food and exercise to give you a healthy body and mind”

 

Ayr Rugby General Manager Glen Tippett was equally positive: “We are delighted that a company of Scotty Brand’s stature has shown interest in the club. They’re a national company and to have their support during these unprecedented times is fantastic.

 

“I can’t wait for the return of rugby and I look forward to welcoming the team at Scotty Brand to Millbrae on match day when it is safe to do so”.

 

You can find out more on the work Scotty Brand does, as well as discover all of its products here: https://www.scottybrand.com/


Ayr Rugby is getting ready for Christmas

Starting to look for your Christmas presents? Ayr Rugby is here to help. With our online shop and a wide range of options, Ayr Rugby can provide the perfect present for the keen and loyal Ayr Rugby supporter, or those who just love Ayr and want to wear pink. With our iconic pink & black hooped strip, along with our Ayrshire Bulls strip, there’s something for everyone in the family.

Ayr Rugby has teamed up with “Oddballs” to provide a quality golf umbrella with both the Ayr and Bulls logos located on the umbrella, it’s a sure way to show your support. With polo shirts, bobble hats, gift vouchers, lambswool jumpers and that fashion accessory everyone is after……snoods, it’s all available. To find out more about our online products please go to: https://www.ayrrugbyclub.co.uk/ayr-rugby-club-shop/

Sarah has been running the Ayr Rugby shop for 12 years, she said “We have a great selection available for our Members and Supporters in the run up to Christmas. Our booked slots allow one household to shop at a time and are currently available every Monday and Wednesday. As we go into December, more days and times will be added. We also have a great online shop which is regularly updated with new products and offers. We are stocked and ready to help you shop safely this Christmas”.

If you want to book a personal shopping slot at Millbrae please log onto:

https://www.ayrrugbyclub.co.uk/product/ayr-rugby-personal-shopping-slot/