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Monday 23 April 2018

'I love coaching kids, I get a great buzz from it'

Coach Steve Coy (centre) issues instructions. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile
Coach Steve Coy (centre) issues instructions. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile

Steve Coy is the CCRO (Club Community Rugby Officer) with Longford RFC for the past eight years.

As part of his role he not only works with the club, but covers 12 national and five secondary schools, working with and supporting the programmes run by Longford County Council.

"Because I love coaching and get a great buzz from seeing the progression of kids, improving through the grades, most of all, when I see those guys and girls representing our club at the next stage; Midlands, Leinster and Ireland."

The role of a CCRO is a busy one and no two days are the same, as Steve explains, "I would have my day planned out with primary (tag and fun) and secondary Schools (Div 3A and 4) trying to ensure that everyone takes part and has smiles on their faces, so I know they are enjoying every minute of my activity with them and our programmes. I will then be in the club or working on a programme to help the continued development and progression of players and coaches.

"There is always a variety of work through Longford Sports Partnership and Longford County Council from education with jobseekers, coaching and running tag tournaments for people with disabilities and the active age groups, as rugby is a sport for all."

Steve says the best part of his job is meeting and working with a variety of people of all ages from young kids to adults, from all walks of life. Eight years done and many more to come!

Irish Independent

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