EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

A vision for women’s game and coaching a men’s team

Sophie Spence, former Irish XV’s and 7’s rugby international player and now coach of Penclawdd Men’s Division 1 team, talks about her coaching journey as a converted netball player with Liza “Bird” Burgess.

Her passion, love and enthusiasm for the game shines through the podcast, along with her relentless drive to become a better coach.

In the pod, Bird and Sophie discuss:

  • Moving late from netball to rugby, and how sports skills can transfer
  • From international rugby player into coaching, women’s and men’s
  • Moving the game into becoming professional
  • Advice to aspiring coaches
  • How to learn from listening to others, and being vulnerable
  • Frustrations in developing the game
  • Creating a girls rugby academy
  • The differences between women’s and men’s rugby coaching
  • Coaching a men’s team in Wales
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