Coaching courses are a huge success
The Munster Development Department courses which recently took place at Thurles RFC were a resounding success.
In all 22 Thurles RFC coaches and students from Setanta College attended the event run by Munster Community Rugby Officers Andy Brace and Euan Gee.
Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 workshops took place on the evening with 18 of the club's U-11s taking part in the Stage 1 workshop.
Stage 1 focuses primarily on the two general movement groups for mini-rugby - players on the ball and players in space.
Sample fun games were then shown to the coaches from the drills that had worked on the skills relating to these two groups and how they worked in a game. There was also an introduction to physical literacy displaying its importance.
For the Stage 2 workshop there were 23 of the U-16s who took part.
This session was directly focused on retaining continuity through contact in the game.
Linear and lateral support options were both explored with regard to continuity through conditioned games.
This was broken down into before, during and after the tackle and exploring in depth what the player should do at each stage to maximise the skill.
This weekend the Munster Development Department will be hosting mini and foundation coaching courses at UL.
The two-day courses are specifically designed for coaches of mini rugby (6yrs-12yrs). They will get under way today and will end tomorrow in time to watch the game between Italy and Ireland.