A new course on the coaching of children is up and running across the four provinces as part of a wider realignment of the IRFU’s suite of coaching course offerings.
The course replaces what was most recently known as the IRFU Mini Rugby Coaching Course and is designed to help coaches of boys and girls aged seven to 12.
“We work on the game, the player and the coach,” says Community Rugby Officer John O’Neill who delivered a course for coaches in East Munster and surrounds at Waterpark RFC today.
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“We give a coach an understanding of what the game is and what the player requires. We introduce them to lots of reduced activities rather than the old drill-drill-drill. We build the whole course around an actual game.”
Irish Rugby TV visited Waterpark to meet coaches and share what the course looks like for anyone who’d like to get involved.
Coaches-In-Training Lana Hogan and Lydia O’Keeffe collaborated with the likes of former Munster player Greg Touhy in working on the course under O’Neill while Course Tutor Rebecca O’Reilly delivered a module on Fundamental Movement Skills.
Player and Development Manager Keith Murphy was also on hand and he briefed coaches on GAINLINE.
“GAINLINE is an online resource for coaches where they can engage with their own individual learning and experiences,” he explained. “They can upload and download certificates. They will be able to see course content and we will regularly be uploading new information that will help them with their continued learning and development post course.”
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