Ellon Rugby appoint former player Craig Parslow as new Head Coach

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Ellon Rugby Club have announced that former player Craig Parslow will be taking over the role as 1st XV Head Coach.

Parslow, who came through the youth ranks at the Meadows joining at the age of seven in 1990, succeeds former Head Coach Sam Mountain who stepped down after two years in charge.

After coming through the youth set up, Parslow left the club at the age of 16 where he continued his rugby career with the Army.

He came back to Ellon in 2005 playing in the senior squad.

From 2007 till 2010, after suffering a back injury, he took on a coaching role at the club working as a Development Coach with the youth sides.

After leaving Ellon he went on to coach Aberdeenshire Quines and lead them to victory in the Sarah Beany Cup.

During that time he also coached Aberdeen Grammar Under 18s alongside former Ellon head coach Kevin Wyness who pushed Parslow to progress as a coach.

In recent years Parslow has been the driving force behind Aberdeen Warriors Rugby League and also had a spell as head coach at Aberdeenshire RFC.

When he accepted the role at Ellon the club had not yet been promoted to Caledonia 1 but that has not changed how he plans to approach the role.

“The main goal for this year is to make sure we survive in Caledonia 1.” He Said.

“Nikki Fraser will be coming in as a forwards coach and will also pull on the boots from time to time and Scott Munro will also be assisting.

“As a coaching team our aim is to develop the players and to push the club forward to where we want it to be.

“While coaching with Ellon between 2007 and 2010 I helped resurrect the second XV and that is something I’d love to do again.

“There’s plenty of guys coming through the ranks who will need somewhere to play and develop, we will see how we get on but hopefully we can see that team return in two to three seasons.

“I’m there as a facilitator for these players, it’s all about them and how they want to progress.”

In recent years there have been mixed fortunes for teams moving from Caledonia 2 North to Caledonia 1 with the likes of Gordonians and Aberdeen Wanderers succeeding where other teams have struggled.

However, Parslow is not worried about that and will rely on his experience of playing at a higher level with Ellon to overcome that challenge.

“We’ve been there before. We know what we need to do to stay up there, we have a good calibre of player and will make sure the Under 18s are working closely with the seniors so that when they are called upon they we will be able to work as a unit.

“I played senior rugby for Ellon when I was 15-years old, so I’m in the mind that if someone is physically and mentally capable to make the step up they will be given the opportunity to do so.”