A RUGBY enthusiast who has passed on his love of the sport to youngsters at his old school during regular extra training sessions has been named Young Coach of the Year.
James Hall, a rugby coach with the active schools team in Fortrose, received the honour from the 2015 Highland Coaching Awards.
James has been coaching rugby in the Highlands for four years and has been involved with active schools in Fortrose Academy for the last two years.
Without James, pupils at the academy would only be able to attend one rugby training session each week.
First and second year pupils in the school benefit from his additional coaching session each week, as well as ad hoc sessions in the holidays.
James is very well qualified having achieved UKCC Level 2 in Rugby, Level 1 in Strength and Conditioning and Level 1 in Rugby Refereeing.
He is a qualified first aider and is currently studying towards a BSC in Sports and Fitness.
James hopes to graduate in 2016 and his ambition is to become a professional rugby coach.
A former pupil of Fortrose Academy, he is also a link between Fortrose pupils and the local club, Highland RFC.
The awards are run by High Life Highland in partnership with sportscotland to recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact of local coaches in enabling quality sport and physical activity opportunities to happen in communities across the Highlands.