Giles Heagerty is a very experienced coach at all levels of the game. He runs the rugby at Cheadle Hume School, Manchester, is the head coach of England Counties U18s and this year has taken on the role of head coach at Waterloo Ladies, who play in the top English league.
With all that experience, across so many strata of the game, it was too good an opportunity to miss. So I was able to quiz Giles on the following:
How do you engage young players who are not that keen on rugby?
What coaching make a difference when players move from B to A teams?
Should we use cups as an incentive at big tournaments?
With so little time with representative sides, how do you build a tactical approach?
How do you coach players who are struggling in a pressurised environment?
Giles gave me some great insights which I will definitely be employing. With the younger, less experienced players, I enjoyed what he said about accessibility and contact. I was also taken by the way the representative sides built leadership groups.
In this podcast we discuss How to observe a team more effectively; What interventions work with the most difficult players; What a great player does more than just a talented player; Why we want "pigs" not "chickens"
What coaches need to change about themselves; Why values need to be more than just posters on the wall MORE
In this podcast, I get a chance to quiz Warren Abrahams, a senior coach with England Sevens and academy coach with Harlequins. Well-known for being a very creative coach, I ask him about how he builds better relationships with his players, and how he goes about this creativity in his sessions.
Simon Nainby is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, with a strong interest in rugby. For a number of years, his Undergroundathletics.co.uk blog has been one of the best ways to quickly access all of the latest thinking on coaching. His excellent curation means he has a wealth of ideas to inform his day-to-day coaching. MORE
Dr Andy Abraham is an experienced researcher and teacher in sports coaching. He's also been a novice coach in rugby union, starting his journey with his own son in the north of England. Now, having coached at this level for 5 years, it seemed a good moment to find out what he had learned from this experience. MORE