?GHA are delighted to announce the appointment of Euan Clark as Director of Youth Rugby / Academy Manager. Euan, who hails from Edinburgh where he played for both Stewart’s Melville FP and Watsonians, has spent the past 4 years developing his coaching in Sydney, Australia. He is another exciting addition to the GHA coaching set-up where he will be looking to focus on the development of the GHA Junior section and working with our Academy coaches developing our most talented young players. Euan will also be taking up a role with the GHA 1st XV where he will act as Defence Coach.
Euan began his coaching career as a lecturer in Sports Coaching and Development at Edinburgh’s Telford College where he worked with athletes across multiple sports including as a Strength & Conditioning Coach with Hibernian FC. In 2011, Euan moved to Australia to work at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, one of Australia’s leading rugby playing schools, where he spent 4 years working as 1st XV Assistant coach; U16 Head coach; S&C coach; and Age Group Coordinator. He was responsible for putting programmes in place across all age groups (U7s to U18s) attacking and defensive calls, line out plays and the coaching terminology the coaching and teaching staff use. During his time at Knox he has helped develop five players who have signed professional NRL contracts, four that have gone on to be involved in the Australia and Waratahs U20s and one Australian 7s contract.
In 2013 he was selected as Head Coach of Western Sydney under the NSW Waratahs Representative Player Development Program within the Junior Gold Cup and S&C and Skills Coach for the Waratahs U15’s, following which he was appointed Attack Coach for the North Harbour Emerging Rays (National Rugby Championship) with the key objective being the long term development of the players. The following season in 2014 he was appointed 1st XV Defence Coach at Warringah Rugby Club, one of Sydney’s leading Club sides.
He is an ambitious coach who has actively tried to involve himself where possible with the highest level clubs in order to continue to grow and learn as a coach. He has spent time shadowing professional rugby league side the Sydney Roosters (NRL), during which he was exposed to selection meetings, team and individual analysis, field and gym sessions and video analysis.