The other week I was running some 4v2s. Initially, the attack was always successful. I suppose that is what you would expect but they were not succeeding as I wanted. Sloppy passing and drifting angles meant that although they were scoring, it was not improving their skill levels. It was time to make the defenders work harder. MORE
Podcast episode 8: Making real gains coaching grassroots and representative players
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.