TWINS from Cumnock have set up their very own coaching company, which is already looking to expand after just one month in action.

Ryan and Lewis McGregor, 20, are well-known in the community for their coaching roles at Cumnock Juniors and Kilmarnock Junior Academy.

The brothers, who have recently graduated from UWS with a degree in Sports Coaching and Development, began their coaching career at the age of 16 while volunteering at Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise.

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Since then, they have helped kids of all ages to grow in confidence and are now investing their expertise in new business McGregors Coaching Academy, which offers one-to-one and two-to-one coaching.

The lads say the response has been “overwhelming”.

Ryan said: “We’re in a position now where we’ve just finished uni, have got our degree and are in the stage of looking for fulltime work. We work part time at Tesco but are looking for a way to make money and parents and teams know and trust us here.

“It was a case of going for it and seeing how it went.

“The first week was fully booked and kids wanted to come the week after as they had a great time. We’ve had five-year-olds all the way up to adults.

“Me and Lewis aren’t specifically trained as goalkeeping coaches so we soon got requests asking for goalkeeping. We brought in a specialised goalkeeping coach who is SFA accredited.”

With newest goalkeeping recruit, Ethan Brownlie, 20, by their side, the McGregor twins are raring to take the business to even greater heights, and thank the local community for being behind them every step of the way.

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Ryan continued: “We didn’t have a long term goal but with how well we’ve started, we’re now thinking about where we want to be in six months.

“We’re located in the Cumnock area but hopefully we’ll allocate one or two very good coaches for the Kilmarnock and Ayr area.

“Cumnock Enterprise definitely got us kick-started as they gave us volunteering opportunities and showed interest in us. We left school in fifth year with not a lot of qualifications so Ayrshire College really helped us out.

“We didn’t have a great upbringing as such. We were adopted and came through the care system so we know what our life could’ve been like. We decided we will give back to the community as much as we can.”