Friday 20 April 2018

Munchin's students put through paces on game's latest coaching methods

Rugby development officer Noel O'Meara
Rugby development officer Noel O'Meara

Munster Rugby recently hosted a transition-year coaching course for 21 students attending St Munchin's College in Limerick.

The first day of the course covered an introduction to the IRFU Long Term Player Development pathway which included the rules and coaching methods of Leprechaun and touch rugby.

There was also a series of fun games which support learning the individual skills, the strength and conditioning for stage two players and achieving the principles of attack.

The day concluded with a lecture on practice sessions which included learning to plan, organise and manage a rugby session.

On day two the students were tutored on the key factors for the individual skills required for rugby.

This aspect incorporated a practical element, with teams of three running a 20-minute session relating to one of these skills.


The participating students will continue with the practical element of the course and oversee weekly lunchtime skills sessions for the school's first-year students under the supervision of rugby development officers Andy Brace and Noel O'Meara.

Practical modules will run over the course of one month before the young coaches will continue with their planning and managing of coaching sessions under the supervision of the school's games master and the transition year teachers.

Munster Rugby would like to thank the participating students for their enthusiasm throughout the course and wish them every success in their coaching pathway.

Irish Independent

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