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Breaking the PANE: Themes & storytelling for all levels

Andy Stevens and David Sharkey join Jess Bunyard on Breaking The Pane to discuss themes and storytelling. With each person at a different stage exploring themes, the group travel through their own experiences offering a guide to anyone wishing to add theming to their coaching toolbox.

The trio also discusses whether there are any differences in storytelling within men’s and women’s teams and at what age can a team be introduced to theming.

David Sharkey is currently teaching English at Hampton School alongside coaching at the Honorable Artillery Company. He combined his love of rugby and a fascination with stories through his work as an English teacher into using theming and storytelling as a tool within coaching. He runs a website thegreatwhitesharkey.wordpress.com exploring the use of storytelling within rugby.

Andy Stevens is a coach with Ellingham and Ringwood RFC, taking the lead with U12 boys and U15s girls, as well as assisting with the other girl’s teams. Stevens also coaches within the RFU All Schools program and his own coaching company Cobra Sports Academy.

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