Commitment, passion and youth a heady mix for Carnoustie FPs

When it comes to rugby, Carnoustie really seem to have youth on their side with a relatively young side and a fresh-faced coach to boot.

Their position of joint top in the RBS Caledonia League shows that this seems to be a winning combination for 19-year-old head coach Gareth Johns.

Garerth Johns rugby coach.

Garerth Johns rugby coach.

He is an example of a successful grassroots player. He explained: “I’m a product of the club. I came through the ranks from the mini midis and worked my way up.”

After leaving school he moved to Edinburgh to pursue his passion for rugby, taking a course at Edinburgh College and a modern apprenticeship through Edinburgh Accies.

He also coached rugby at Fettes College, but it was while playing for the under-19s Scottish Rugby League side against England his life took an unexpected turn when he seriously damaged his knee.

Forced to put his playing career on hold Gareth came home to recuperate where he received an offer to coach rugby in schools, started an HNC in Sports Coaching and Development at Dundee and Angus College and re-acquainted himself with his old FP team-mates.

He said: “After the head coach stepped down last season I wanted to give something back and help the game as much as I could. This is my first time with both hands on and I’m involved three days a week.

“I want to thank George, Rod and Kath for giving me the opportunity for coaching the FPs. I’m really proud of the group of individuals that we get turning out.”