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Youth Development Manager

By Stephanie Esposito, 05/04/17, 8:00AM CDT


Rugby Illinois Appoints Youth Development Manager

Youth Development Manager, Andy Rose

Andy Rose has just been appointed to Rugby Illinois as the Youth Development Manager. The Youth Development Manager is the front face for outreach, growth of the game and increasing the participation numbers through all youths age groups U18. Rose hopes to be working close with all Rugby Illinois coaches to help deliver the best sessions and engage current and new players and retain them for a life time involvement in the sport. 

Andy Rose's Coaching Background:

Rose has always been involved in coaching to a certain degree, as a leader on the field and with teams he played with, and began pursuing it further in 2012. He founded Blue Rose Fitness and started Personal Training in addition to coaching.He began his coaching at a private school in Edinburg, Scotland and seasional coaching in Musselburgh, Scotland. Shortly after, he became a full time coach and Director of Youth Rugby in an area which included 7 primary schools (elementary schools) and one High School (18-12 year olds).

Andy Rose organized and ran school visits and mass participation tag festivals, set up extra curriculum rugby session that filtered in the local rugby club. Rose was also a part of the East Lothian Falcons which was a pathway team to national honors. While working for Musselburgh,  was under the mentor-ship of the Scottish Rugby Union and received the following qualifications:


UKCC Coach Educator, UKCC Level 1, 2 and started UKCC Level 3 (Exp Completion June 2017), World Rugby Certificates in Strength and Conditioning Level 1, Level 1 Seven a side and Pitch side First Aid. (Looking to do my World Rugby Educator’s Course.) SRU Refereeing Level 1


As a Rugby Player 


Andy Rose born and raise on rugby in Zimbabwe where he played for and captained a number of national age grade programs as well as playing in the U19 World Trophy in 2007, Belfast, Ireland. In 2007,  was offered a full playing scholarship to Hartpury College in Gloucester, England. At Hartpury, he played for three different teams, Gloucester A, the College Side, and club side. Rose was a part of a number of British University Titles and a number of club league finals. While at Hartpury, was selected to play for Scotland U20 in the U20 World Championship in Wales. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Sport Business Management. 


After university, Andy Rose played with Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club for 7 seasons, and served as captain 2013-2016. During his time at Boroughmuir,  he represented several sides including Scotland Amateurs, Scottish Co-Optimist, Royal 7's in Dubai 7's, Coached Global Oysters 7's in the Amsterdam 7's. 


In 2013, Rose was selected to play in the Zimbabwe National XV and continues to play for them. He currently plays in the African Cup which is our World Cup Qualifiers, Windhoek Tri-Nations in Namibia as well as the Nations Cup in Hong Kong and has captained the national side. 


Rugby Illinois looks forward to Andy Rose bringing his rich rugby experience to the eager youth who will be the future of rugby here in the United States as well as possibly world wide.