Meet our Rugby Head Coaches and the Coaching Team
The SCC Rugby Academy is proud of our dedicated and experienced coaches. Many are current playing members of the SCC Rugby Section, some have been coaching for a number of years at Singapore national level and others bring their experience from overseas.
The Academy Coaching Team is lead by our three main Head Coaches – Suhaimi Amran, Bryan Lim and Angel Liu. They are responsible overall for playing matters, including the recruitment, development and management of players and coaches.
Magali Bertin is Head of Girls’ Contact and Tim Blakey is Head of Girls’ Touch.
Their aims and ambitions support the Constitution of the Academy, promoting coaching and sporting excellence in an inclusive, safe and enjoyable club atmosphere, with the ultimate aim of being consistently recognised as one of the leading Junior Rugby Clubs in Asia.
They bring a great deal of experience to our club and, together with the team of coaches they lead, have been responsible for considerable success on the field.
Our head coaches work across all our rugby age groups sharing their expertise and leading the coaching team.
Suhaimi, or Su as he in known, joined the SCC Rugby Academy in 2015 and has played rugby at a very high level, representing Singapore in the Men’s 15’s squad and playing in Singapore Men’s 7s side from 2005 to 2013.
Among his rugby accolades is a bronze medal at the SEA Games 7s in 2007, Asian top point scorer 2011-2013, and a nomination for Singapore Sportsman of the year 2012.
He played fly half and scrum half and been playing and coaching for the SCC rugby section for more than 13 years. Su is still involved in adult coaching for the SCC rugby section as well as inspiring the up and coming young players at SCC Rugby Academy on Saturdays and at games.
Su is the current coach for the Singapore Men’s Rugby 7s team and brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the Academy.
A familiar face at the Academy and has been with the club since it began in 2011. He fell in love with the game of rugby while a pupil at the Anglo Chinese School (Barker Road) and has been playing ever since.
He was awarded a place at the Anglo Chinese Junior College through Direct School Admission for Rugby. Bryan represented Singapore U16 in their Northern Territory Australia tour in 2005 and played for the Singapore Select side in Sabah in 2014.
Bryan joined the SCC club as a Junior Sports Member in 2005 when he was 15 and has already played more than 100 games for SCC rugby section and is still going! His second home (maybe his first?) is the rugby pitch and when he’s not playing he’s coaching!
He is a popular figure at the Academy players and provides an excellent role model.
SCC Rugby Academy Technical Director of Women’s Rugby
Angel has extensive experience both as a player and coach and, most of all, aims to inspire others to love the game. The SCC Rugby Academy Touch and Women’s rugby section was delighted to begin working with her in September 2017.
Angel has played at the top level of women’s rugby in Singapore. She represented Singapore in both Touch, Rugby 7s and Rugby 15s, and in the Women’s Open World Cup Touch, in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2008 as well as playing Rugby 7s in the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010. She was also a Rugby 7s silver medalist in the Southeast Asian Games 2015 held in Singapore.
While Angel now focuses on coaching she still plays for local clubs in both Touch and Contact rugby in the local league.
Angel has a wealth of experience working with young people in both touch and junior rugby across all age groups and gender. Her first role was actually coaching Touch Football and in 2003 she completed a stint as the coach of National Junior College Touch Football Team. Angel still works in local schools.
She strongly believes in teamwork, discipline and in providing a fun, engaging and safe environment to bring out the best in each player in terms of their skills and knowledge. Touch is a unique game that provides for individual flair and yet demands a high level of synergy amongst all players as well as coaches.
Touch and Girls’ Contact training takes place every Sunday morning at the SCC Rugby Academy ground at Dempsey.
SCC Rugby Academy Head of Girls’ Contact Rugby
Magali has been forever sporty and started playing rugby when she went to engineering school at 17 years old in France. She started playing 7s rugby when the opportunity came to play in a local tournament. She built a team from just a handful of women and, although inexperienced, they went for it and the rest is history, as they say!
She was then invited to appear on a TV show about rugby in Paris and got recruited by the head of RCP XV (a rugby club in Paris). She played throughout her university days at club level and in the 2nd national division, until a bad leg injury forced a break in her playing career.
When she moved to Singapore, Magali registered her daughter for Touch at the SCC Rugby Academy and found her calling to return to the pitch as a coach. Her daughter also played in one of the Academy’s mixed rugby teams before Magali helped start up the U14s Girls’ Contact section. This section, which now offers all age groups, has grown considerably over the years under the guidance of Magali and other coaches. We believe our coaching and inclusive atmosphere is second to none.
Magali says, “the biggest reward is the smile on their face when they have scored a try as a team, they feel proud and strong! Seeing a shy girl become a strong and confident teenager on the field is fantastic! This is what I find so rewarding 😅.”