Andrew McGowan steps away as Pirates Head Coach

October 25th, 2023

Following the end of the 2023 season, current Pirates adult contact team Head Coach Andrew McGowan has decided to step away due to workload and other commitments.

“We would like the extend a huge thank you to Andrew for everything he’s done for the Pirates on and off the field during his long time with club – as a player, a coach and a role model,” said Club Chair Amanda McDonald. “As Head Coach he led the team back to the Premier division and ensured that we remained there in our first full year of competition.  I know it was a difficult decision to make, and he will be greatly missed. We’re pleased that he has kindly offered to support the team through its transition to a new Head Coach – and I very much hope we’ll continue to see him around and involved beyond then too.”

“In terms of next steps, Coach Gordon Wallace has been appointed as interim Head Coach with immediate effect. As one of this season’s coordinators and Assistant Head Coach, and as someone who is hugely passionate about the success of the team, he’s extremely well placed to lead activity in the meantime so we can move on with planning, preparing and recruiting for 2024 while we find a permanent successor for Andrew.”

Head Coach Vacancy
The club are looking to recruit an ambitious, committed and passionate Head Coach to lead the East Kilbride Pirates adult contact team into our 2024 Premiership campaign and beyond. Candidates must have experience at coordinator level or above and hold a BAFCA L2 qualification (or be willing to work towards achieving this before the start of season) and must be available to commit to regular team practices on Sundays from January to August, with Thursday evenings from April onwards.

We offer support and funding for coaching qualifications and free coaching uniform. But we also offer a huge amount more – the chance to be part of a thriving club comprising seven teams with a full player pathway from ages 7 upwards. Quality facilities including indoor winter training and a gamdeday venue with a covered stand. The chance to challenge yourself and learn from visiting NCAA teams, and take part in residential training camps. And not forgetting the best gameday experience in Britball, with the best supporters cheering you on.

To apply, send your coaching cv and a short summary of what you would bring to the role to no later than 5pm Sun 5 Nov. If you have any questions about the role please contact Pirates Chair Amanda McDonald at

We also continue to look for additional coaches at all other levels to join the team. Whether you’re an experienced coach looking for a new challenge in the Prem, returning after a break from coaching, or you’re aspiring to your first coaching position after hanging up your cleats we’re interested in hearing from you!


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