Wednesday 21 February 2018

Colts get a taste of coaching expertise

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Claremorris Colts RFC hosted their first Connacht Rugby coaching course earlier this month as our club & community department continue their fantastic work across the province.

The course follows a visit to the club by the Connacht senior squad in head coach Kieran Keane's first community visit last month.

In total, 16 coaches attended the stage 1 coaching course with 11 from Claremorris RFC, two each from Westport and Corrib and one coach from Sligo RFC.

Coach development officer Gavin Foley led the course with assistance from colleague Conor Galvin.

Robert Campbell, Claremorris RFC mini co-ordinator, was a great help in organising the event and many thanks to Robert from everyone at Connacht Rugby.

Following the completion of the course, Campbell said: "Thanks to Connacht Rugby for giving Claremorris Colts RFC the opportunity to host this stage 1 coaching course.

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"The Claremorris coaches really enjoyed the course and learned a huge amount from Gavin Foley and the coaching team.

"Also, thanks to Gavin for his help in organising the event."

The stage 1 coaching courses are specifically designed for coaches of mini rugby (5-12 years old) where players are being introduced to rugby for the first time and participating in games of reduced numbers (8s, 10s and 12-a-side).

The focus is on safety and enjoyment with the coach acting as guide in a player-centred process.

Developing players' all-round skills and game-understanding with an emphasis on physical literacy appropriate to the stages of development of each individual are the key technical, tactical and physical objectives.

See details of our upcoming Coaching course below, please note that places are limited. Email coaching@connachtrugby.ie to secure your place on a course.

Upcoming coaching courses

Stage 1: Galway - venue TBC (October 21)

Stage 2: Galway (October 9, 16 & 23, 6.30pm-10.30pm), Castlebar RFC (October 6 & 7), Ballinasloe RFC (October 13 & 14)

Stage 3: Galway (Full day on September 23; evening on October 2; evening on November 6; evening on December 4)

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