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. MORE
Mentoring my sons as coaches and players
Dan Cottrell chats to Mike Ford. Mike has been coaching at the top of the professional game for over twenty years, with stints at England and Ireland rugby, Saracens, as head coach at Bath, plus coaching with the British and Irish Lions and RC Toulon.
He also runs his own performance consultancy, which you can find out more about on his LinkedIn profile here.
I really enjoyed Mike’s clarity, especially around how he had to convince players and stakeholders about their approach at Bath.
We discuss the following areas:
- The sacrifices of being a professional coach
- How to build a system of play
- What player-led coaching really looks like
- Mentoring your own children (George as an international, Joe and Jacob as young coaches with championship team Doncaster and National League team Bury St Edmonds respectively)
- What detail matters as a coach