My Roles

Head of Academy Rugby

Since May 2019 I have been in the position of Head of Academy Rugby for Peterborough. Overseeing up to 50+ players and 9 members of coaching staff. My role is to map out the overall training plan, structure and development route for all of our players. Starting from U16s and moving up to U17/18s. Having regular meetings with the coaching staff to discuss current progression of players, team selection, linking in with rugby colleges and DPP sections to share player development tips. As Head of Academy Rugby my two main purposes are to build a structure which will enable our players to have the best possible rugby experience and to set them up to progress into our senior sections at the club. I also work alongside our first team head coach to ensure that we are all running a similar structure to enable a smooth transition from academy to Senior XV.

Coaching Development Coordinator

As part of my role as coaching development coordinator I am task by the club chairman and director of rugby to plan out suitable coaching development session liaising with club coaches and RFU staff. I am also responsible for booking CPD courses to be held at the club and to support all coaches on their rugby journey. Working with a very experienced director of rugby I have also ran some development sessions with our junior age groups assisting coaches with the understanding of Game Zone/Skill Zone, Coaching Through CARDS and also looking at key areas that they feel they need support with and to work on. Some of these being delivery of their coaching and some more technical areas.

My Coaching Journey

Junior Coach with Little Scrummers Rugby Ltd – September 2014 – To Present

U11’s Assistant Coach with Peterborough Lions RFC – September 2014 – May 2015

U13’s Head Forwards Coach with Peterborough Lions RFC – July 2015 – August 2016

U14’s Head Forwards Coach with Peterborough Lions RFC – July 2015 – November 2016

School Development Officer with Peterborough Lions RFC – January 2016 – November 2016

RFU Young Rugby Ambassador – January 2016 – September 2019

East Midlands County Youth Council Member/Chairman – November 2016 – October 2019

Coaching Development Coordinator with Peterborough RFC – July 2017 – Present

Northampton Saints RFC Community Coach – January 2018 – May 2018

East Midlands County/RFU Coach Mentor Program – September 2017 – May 2018

U16s Assistant Head Coach with Peterborough RFC – February 2018 – August 2019

Academy Assistant Head Coach with Peterborough RFC – September 2018 – May 2019

Hunts & Peterborough County U18s Assistant Coach – April 2019 – May 2019

Head of Academy Rugby with Peterborough RFC – May 2019 – Present

Coach Development and Mentoring #JSCOACHING – June 2020 – Present

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