With the start of the school rugby season on the horizon, more than 50 Schools Rugby coaches from Public and Private schools across NSW came together last week at Waratahs HQ to share ideas and hear from leading coaching experts.
Coaches had the opportunity to hear and learn from Wallabies coaches Dave Rennie and Scott Wisemantel, as well as Waratahs coaches Jason Gilmore and Matt Cockbain.
The school coaches were put through their paces on and off field, focusing on Skill Acquisition, Attack & Defence trends, Athlete Development, Lineout & Maul, Player Pathways, participation growth and Culture sessions throughout the day.
Head of Schools Rugby for NSWRU Andrew Hill said it was exciting to see representatives from schools right across the NSW engaging in the opportunity.
“The opportunity for these people to come together to work on developing their school programs is really important, these coaches are influencing, not only the next generation of talented players, but also the next generation of social players, volunteers, coaches, referees, all the vital components to grassroots rugby.
So it’s not just about High Performance programming, it’s also about creating great rugby environments where kids fall in love with the game and go on to have a life long involvement in rugby.” Hill said.
“We’re fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge in the New South Wales school rugby programs in Public and Private schools and we are always looking for opportunities to improve and develop on the systems that are already in place.
NSW Rugby will continue to work closely with schools across the State in the lead up to and during the 2021 school rugby seasons and will endeavour to run similar sessions again in the future.