EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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Being a rugby coach means more than knowing how to execute a particular rugby skill, run a rugby drill, or set up a formation. The rugby coaching advice in this section highlights the important issues facing coaches and shows you how to approach them to become a better coach. These articles look at issues such as playing against sides that cheat, coping with problem players, getting a winning mentality and much more.

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Roundup Rodeo Ep21: Reviewing the best content

in Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

ost Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.  This week's guests: Peter Walton, Gloucester Rugby Academy Manager, Magic Academy founders' Russell Earnshaw and John Fletcher.  The team pick out the key takeaways from each piece of great content and say how to use it on the pitch, at all the levels of the game. This week's content: Winners Take Control – Robin Van Persie Champion Minded – Vicky Williamson Praise and Affirmation. A deep dive - Professor Stephen Rolnick The High Performance Podcast with Jake Humphrey and Damian Hughes - Jonny Wilkinson MORE

Coaching Laid Bare Episode Seven with Tania Rosser

in Coaching Laid Bare with Bird Burgess

Liza Bird Burgess and LJ Lewis discuss a round of questions about the practicalities of the game. In this episode, they are with Tania Rosser.  Tania won more than 50 caps for Ireland, is a level 4 coach, plus played international netball and touch rugby. New Zealand born, she featured in three world cups for Ireland. She currently coaches the Clontarf J1 men's team, while working as a primary school teacher. MORE

Roundup Rodeo Ep20: Reviewing the best content

in Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.  This week's guests: Marianne Davies, senior coach developer at UK Coaching, Jenny Coady, coach developer at UK Coaching, , Dr Anna Stodter, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and PE at Anglia Ruskin University. The team pick out the key takeaways from each piece of great content and say how to use it on the pitch, at all the levels of the game. This week's content: Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell The Learning Journeys Podcast – Lesley McKenna The Magic Academy – Rob Townsend MORE

My best observations from recent webinars and podcasts (part...

in Rugby coaching

Here is part two of some of my key takeaways from recent webinars and podcasts. These are the main points that stood out to me, for whatever reason. So, it doesn’t mean it is all necessarily new, but it’s content that I wanted to ensure I revisit and think about beyond the webinar or podcast itself. I have a commitment to keep the notes nearby and give elements a go in practice as soon as possible. The sooner I can try it out and get some feedback from the process then hopefully that helps me to improve. My suggestion is that if you find one of my notes useful, don't just nod approval. Write it down and be prepared to use soon. MORE

Top coaching tips for all levels: Wilko, Goose and...

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan Cottrell invites Nick Wilkinson, Nathan Gosling and Ian Hollingworth to discuss their latest thinking around coaching in the current climate. They bounce ideas off each other, share what works and what needs to be adjusted. It's all about practical ways to improve your team, at all levels of the game. Be ready for some coaching gold and innovative nuggets to take onto the training field today. MORE

Good planning for good routines for happier players

in Email Newsletters, Rugby coaching, Rugby drills

Players respond well to routines at training. It gives them a safe environment where they feel comfortable to express themselves. That's one of many reasons to plan your session. That doesn't mean you don't have some flexibility and are prepared to adjust. But do that from a plan. Here's a potential plan which gives you and your players a good mix of the familiar and the new. You can stretch them in an activity they've done before, adding wrinkles as the players progress. You can introduce different techniques, tactics and skills in that part of the session or a new one. MORE

Roundup Rodeo Ep18: Reviewing the best content

in Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.This week's guests: John Lawn, head of game development, RFU, Dusty Miller, a performance mentor at the English Institute of Sport and John Widdowson, match official development officer with England Rugby. Reviewing  The Oval World. A Global History of Rugby by Tony Collins, Shackleton’s Way by Morrell & Capparell,  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harar MORE

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