Linden look close to home in hunt for ‘qualified’ coach

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Hawick Linden will kick off the new season without an official head coach.

The club will begin their RBS National League One campaign with Kenny Colville at the helm but are aiming to have at least three coaches from within the club trained to SRU-standard UKCC level two, and the trio will will then share the duties for the remainder of the season.

Club president John Taitsaid: “With the SRU mandating every club in the National Leagues [must] have a level two qualified coach, it means it’s been difficult to try and find coaches who are willing and have the relevant badges.

“Coaches who have been involved with clubs for years but don’t hold the qualification are basically not allowed to coach until they pay £80 plus whatever expenses are needed to do the relevant badges.

“Coaches who hold the badges are a hot commodity, and we can’t complete with clubs looking to tie them down because they are being reimbursed financially, something we can’t do.”