EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Large group coaching and giving kids a better chance in life

Dan Cottrell chats to Owen Woods, Community Rugby Coach for Gosport & Fareham RFC.

Owen was previously in the Air Force for 4½ years and then the police for 17 years. In June 2021 he started up his full-time role to promote rugby and its core values, the vision being to put the club and values at the heart of the community.

He has coached his son’s rugby team for the last six years. He is a level 2 coach, a qualified referee working in schools in the local community delivering rugby sessions to children from 7 to 13.

Owen was recently awarded the Gosport & Fareham RFC Coach of the Year Award.

We discuss the following areas:

  • How do you start sessions…exactly…in terms of what you say? Lots of coaches talk for too long, so how do you get across the pertinent information?
  • How his background in the police force has informed his coaching.
  • While we would all love to spend time hone skills in small groups, how can we be effective when we have lots of players at our sessions?
  • If players are being disruptive, how do you make sure they don’t spoil the session for everyone else.
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