EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

PODCAST: How I became a better all-round coach


I had a very enjoyable chat with Andy Stevens, Club Coaching Coordinator at Ellingham & Ringwood RFC. He was very open about his journey from U6s (and his wife’s persuasive qualities).

Here’s what you can jump to in the podcast

03:37 What changes when you do a Level 1 course

05:25 How has your “language” in coaching changed

06:25 Top tips on using demonstrations in training

07:34 What gets players back – not making fun “silly”

09:10 What does engaging the players look like

10:40 When do you drill the players

12:20 How long before new players can play contact

14:19 At what age do players start to think “team”

16:50 How do parents react to equal playing time

18:15 How do you deal with poor answers to your coaching questions

20:00 What do you do if the session hasn’t worked

24:00 How do you play wizard touch

26:41 How can a nervous coach open up to the coaching community

30:47 How do you make praise make a real difference

Andy’s bio

Club Coaching Coordinator
Academy Chair
CBRE All Schools Coach
U10’s Lead Coach
Girls and U16 Assistant Coach

Andy is the All Schools Coach working as a self-employed coach cobrasportacademy.com

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