Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching | Tags: coaching development, Ospreys, Rugby Coaching, Winston Churchill, WRU
Let me start with some good news in rugby coaching.
With all the appointments for the new season flying around, internationally and domestically, perhaps one great appointment has gone under the radar.
One of Better Rugby Coaching’s editorial advisory board, John Schropfer, has been made the new national coach development manager for the Welsh Rugby Union. The role means searching out and nurturing the best coaching talent in Wales, so the next Welsh coach is indeed Welsh.
John is one of the prime movers in the UK coaching development circles and a key part of the coaching courses produced for Welsh, English and Scottish coaches. His energy and vision will invigorate the development process in the Principality.
Coaching development has been ignored for too long
Coach development has long been overlooked by the most important people in rugby.
The scary thing is that these “most important people” in coach development are not those people who are working for the coaching departments of the national unions. They are, of course, you.
It is not that you don’t want to develop. And remember I am part of “you” as well. It is that you don’t always know what to do to develop.
In four weeks time I am delivering on an Osprey Coaching Development day to the region’s coaches. I am going to help coaches realise this as a problem and then how to adjust their coaching appropriately.
This is going to be a challenge I expect. As Winston Churchill once said: “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught”.
A lot of coaches are working very hard already. Some are certainly developing quickly as coaches. But wouldn’t it better to channel the energy into better development.
These days world class teams don’t happen without world class coaches. You may not be looking after a world class team yourself, but it makes sense to keep developing and developing in the quickest and most effective way.
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