In tough times, how rugby training keeps us going

I’ve just watched a brilliant, energetic colts sessions. The players loved their own company and the coaches acted as their safety net. They made sure they had the right breaks and sanitised.

Of course, everyone wants to be back playing matches, but this is the next best thing.

Here are some ideas to give your training sessions some different ideas so there is variety, learning and a sense of purpose. It is particularly important to retain that direction because it helps bind the players and coaches together. It doesn’t have to be too formal. However, motivation comes from learning so some sense of progression is important.

Your role is vital. You energise, organise and create challenges. It will, in turn, energise, organise and create challenges for you.

To start with, Game Changer is a good way to break up larger games with mini-games and challenges. Easy to set up, it means there is seamless transitions and little explanation needed.

If you want something more organised, perhaps once in every four sessions, then Dan Cox gives you a guide to making games more purposeful in his Return to Play: Three ways to make games part of your sessions.

For some fun, mixed in with some skills, Geraint Davies uses Rugby4square. Not such a good game for an oldie like me who can’t bend down that well, it’s great fun in a small space.

Finally, Dan Meehan digs out the pool noodles for Level Devils. While you don’t need the noodles for the game to work, it is an excellent breakout session to develop 3 v 2 and 2 v 1 skills in a competitive environment.

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