17th Dec, Hong Kong:
Kowloon Rugby Club Head Coach and Hong Kong Rugby Union Attack Coach, Scott Sneddon will be joining Loughborough University as the new Head of Men’s Rugby.
Since Scott Sneddon arrived in Hong Kong 4 years ago, he has played a pivotal role in the development of Kowloon, from helping to establish the Kowloon Stingrays Academy to advancing the professionalism seen in both Kowloon men’s and women’s premiership teams. His move highlights the effective work of the HKRU in developing its coaches and their international recognition within the elite rugby sphere. Proving a valuable move for aspiring coaches and players alike.
Looking back on his time in Hong Kong Sneddon mentioned, “It’s been a great 4 years at Kowloon RFC which has helped me develop both as a person and a coach. The exposure from coaching international rugby in the RWC Repecharge, the National 7's program and Global Rapid Rugby across many countries has given me invaluable experience from which to build on”
“I will deeply miss Kowloon and the fantastic members at this club and would like to say a big thank you to all the people who made this place so special to me. From the moment my wife, Sam and I arrived in Hong Kong we were welcomed with open arms by the netball & rugby teams and will be going back to the UK with very fond memories”, Sneddon went on to add.
Level 4 coach Sneddon highlighted how the connection with Loughborough University aligns with his own ambitions in the game “The role offers an exciting opportunity to work with some of the most talented young players, developing them into rounded people and outstanding players. The challenge of developing the current program to deliver success and excellence, to align with Loughborough University’s world-class facilities and reputation was one that I am extremely excited about”
DAC Kowloon Rugby Club established in 1976 is one of 6 teams that competes in the top tier in Hong Kong. With Kowloon Ladies gaining promotion into the premiership last season the club now has both men’s and ladies competing at the top level. On behalf of the club, Chairman Dean McLachlan stated, “The recruitment of coaches from Hong Kong is a testament to the program that the HKRU has established for young coaches, which continues to raise the level of coaching within Hong Kong. The standard of play sees these guys regularly recruited and proving their worth at the highest levels in the game”
“While it is sad to be saying goodbye to Scott it is excellent news that he is heading into such a professional program and I have no doubt that Loughborough University will benefit from his experience here in Hong Kong. I would like to personally thank Scott for the contributions he has made during his time at Kowloon and commend him on his professional approach to everything he does on and off the field. He will be missed, but he and his wife will both be forever part of the Kowloon family”
Whilst Kowloon are currently adhering to social distancing measures with the rugby season on pause, they are focusing their efforts off the pitch and building on their community support and outreach. After recently gifting 180 Christmas presents to children at Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Kowloon are now preparing for the upcoming “Big Four Clean Up” where they plan to clean up all four of Hong Kong’s biggest trails in one day.