Glasgow Warriors' assistant coach Kenny Murray believes the reason that the club's young players have made their way to the top of the game so quickly is because they are not afraid to try things - and that has been instilled in them by Gregor Townsend.

Murray, who joined the PRO12 champions two years ago after a successful spell in charge of Ayr, has played his part in the progress of the likes of Finn Russell, Alex Dunbar and Mark Bennett to Scotland honours.

"The thing about our training programme at the Warriors is that we see making mistakes as a positive thing as long as they are learnt from," said Murray.

"The guys go out in our small-sided or conditioned matches in training and are not scared to try things a bit out of the ordinary to try and break down a defence.

"They then work and work at these skills and then they take them into competitive games and I think you can see from how Finn, Alex, Mark and others have moved along that they now have a vast array of skills in their locker to help them get their team on the front foot.

"The fact that they are not scared to try things comes from Gregor's leadership, at other clubs they may not get the same leeway.

"As a player that he wasn't afraid to make mistakes and as a coach he has given the players a lot of confidence in their own abilities and is a great man manager."

Murray was speaking after it was announced that he would be one of eight up-and-coming coaches to undertake a new coaching qualification.

The United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 will be delivered for the first time in Scotland, in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and sportscotland.

Murray is joined by Steve Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Ben Fisher (Edinburgh Academy Skills Coach, Boroughmuir and Scotland under-18), John Dalziel (Melrose and Scotland under-20), Phil Smith (Heriot's, Glasgow Academy and Scotland Club XV), Calum Forrester (Ayr and Scotland under-19), Stevie Lawrie (Heriot's, Stewart's Melville College and Scotland under-16) and Andrew Hall (Hong Kong) in starting the two year course next month.

And, after two years in the pro ranks, Murray is keen for his own career progression to continue.

He said: "I am really grateful to have had the chance to be part of the Warriors journey to date and I have learnt a lot as I have gone along, but as Gregor said after we won the PRO12 this is the start of the journey and not the end.

"And I am determined to be part of the next chapter in the Warriors story and to keep pushing myself to get better."