Scotland Flag Coach Resigns

Organisation: Scottish Flag Football Association

Title: Coach Bramwell retires after 3 years

Scotland Youth Flag Headcoach Mark Bramwell has announced his retirement after 3 years with the Scotland Development Squad.

His retrial comes after the youth team 45-12 win over Team England at the weekend. After leading his A team for the last time, Coach Bramwell later commented, “It was a great win for the Scotland A squad, and one I will cherish. It was a credit to the team, my assistant coach, and what hard work can achieve.”

When asked why he chose to retire, he explained, “Well after 3 years, it’s perhaps time to step aside and let someone else have a go. I’ve had 3 great years with the SDS, a few pieces of silverware for the mantel piece, some good fun, and some great memories”, he continued, “Mainly though, I will have my hands full next year as my fiancée and I are expecting our first child, so now is right to take some time out, and focus my attention somewhere other than the football field!”

Coach Bramwell first joined the SDS coaching staff as Youth squad assistant in 2003. In his 2 years tenure as Headcoach, coach Bramwell lead the Team Scotland Youth Flag players to 2 consecutive trophy wins, firstly against Wales in 2004, and recently against England in 2005.

Assistant Coach Robbie Paulin will take over the Headcoach job for 2006. He commented, “It was great to see Coach Bramwell retiring on such a fantastic display of Flag Football.  This years SDS squad and all of his players that I have seen are a credit to his coaching!”

Coach Paulin had his first taste of international coaching, leading the B squad to a 32-28 victory over Team England the same day.

“With the A squad game in the bag, it was time to let Robbie run with the B team”, explained Coach Bramwell. “He has been an excellent assistant this year, and is deserving of the job. It is great to hand the baton over to someone younger and so enthusiastic, and I’m sure he will continue to do a great job with the Scotland Youth team next year”.

SDS Headcoach, Charlie Ewing said of Coach Bramwell “I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark for a number of years and working closely with him for the last 3 years as part of the Scotland Development Squad. During this time he has contributed greatly to the game as a whole and the SDS in particular. He will be sadly missed by everyone on the staff as his knowledge, enthusiasm and determination was infectious to players and coaches alike. I wish him all the best in his new venture of 'starting his own team' from scratch. Good luck!”

So is Coach Bramwell leaving flag football for good?

“No, not at all. I’m still going to be involved in the GB Lions Senior Flag team, and will continue my work as Defensive Co-ordinator in preparation for World Cup 2006. As for a return to Scottish Flag Football? Well, never say never!”