Coaches hit the classroom


By NSW Rugby Media

Coach development is one of the key priorities for NSW Rugby in 2019 and as part of the goal to develop more coaches, the organisation facilitated courses for men and women recently.

A total of 27 women attended the NSW Rugby foundation course, the first time it was presented to predominately female coaches.

NSW Women’s Super W Head Coach Matt Evrard and World Rugby referee Amy Perrett led the way while 12 Super W players took part in the day’s skills and drills sessions.

Evrard said the day was an important milestone for the game in NSW.

“We want more coaches involved in our game but to do so, we need to offer them these opportunities. I was really encouraged by the number of aspiring coaches who came along,” Evrard said.

“It was fantastic to have Amy part of the day as well to give a referees’ perspective of how rugby has developed and how, as coaches, we can contribute to making the game enjoyable to watch and referee,” he added.

Course attendee Justine Stynes said of the day: The theory was backed up with plenty of practical demonstrations and opportunities to ask questions. Too many courses are dry and theory-oriented but this was certainly not the case. And it was a bonus having the NSW Super W players to demonstrate and add to the conversation.

In addition, NSW Rugby Coach Education and Development staff facilitated a number of coach and match official education courses throughout the State. From the bush to the beach, these courses provide the opportunity for rugby players, coaches, match officials and club volunteers to improve and upgrade their knowledge and skills, bettering themselves, their club and the game.

The following courses were held:

The Developing Coach Course, held in Coffs Harbour and Newcastle, offered two days of education for coaches to attain a Level 2 Coach accreditation. The course includes detailed exploration of the principles of attack, defence, set piece, team dynamics, selection and coach- player communication. It encourages developing coaches to challenge traditional concepts and identify unique team characteristics, all aimed at understanding one’s own impact on their team.

The Foundation Course is a single day course for coaches and match officials, and features. SmartRugby principles and game elements of rugby as well as a focus on specific disciplines of coaching and refereeing. Successful completion of the course results in Level 1 Coach or Level 1 Referee accreditation.

The Level 1 Referee Coach Course equips referee coaches with the skills to mentor and guide young referees through Under 13 - Under 18 rugby. It focuses on understanding game context and relevance, communication skills and the writing of coaching reports.

NSW Rugby Senior Manager Match Officials and Development, Michael Doyle, said: “NSW Rugby thanks those clubs and schools that have provided their facilities and support. Without the efforts of the volunteers our fantastic community game would not be what it is. The clubs and schools include: Southern Beaches RUFC, Coffs Harbour Snappers, Woonona Sharks and Newington College,” Doyle said






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