Sparta Special Training Guide

300 reasons to choose this astonishing ball handling training guide
Dan Cottrell

Coach Keith Holifield was astonished with the results of his training programme, Sparta Special Training Guide, which was created from 10 simple ball handling activities.

The activities only take 30 minutes to run, but amazingly they result in EACH player getting as many as 300 touches of the ball! They are designed to improve:

– Ball awareness

– Anticipation

– Peripheral vision

It’s been proven that players respond well to this different, high intensity, challenging and rewarding training approach. From a coaching point of view, there are the added bonuses that it is simple to set up and also has a fitness element.


Here’s a flavour of what you’ll get with Sparta Special Training Guide...

Catch, roll, pop, roll: Ball control on the ground makes a massive difference to your offload and continuity game. Use this exercise for skills on how to keep the ball alive post-tackle.

High catch: Rugby is chaotic and sometimes players have to be inventive when they are off balance. This activity is pretty unnatural, and in some ways tough. Yet, once mastered, the skills are ideal for all the forwards for lineouts and kick-offs and the backs for taking kicks.

Diagonal lifts: The hands, wrists and elbows play an enormous role in keeping passes accurate. This activity really emphasizes the need to use them to ensure a good pass.

Blind pairs: The players love this exercise because they really push themselves to be better while having fun. Throw the ball, roll it, even kick it! The players will come up with some great solutions and ideas.

These are just 4 of the 10 activities that you’ll get in Sparta Special Training Guide.

Unlike most rugby coaching information, Sparta Special Training Guide is aimed specifically at coaches of U9 players through to coaches of senior rugby. What’s more, it’s written by coaches, with first-hand experience of the kinds of coaching challenges you’ll face week in and week out.

That means the emphasis is very much on proven, can-do strategies for raising your game… and the success of your players!





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Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section. He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup. He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.