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
Twitter - @Coach_JSmithson
Keen to get back out on the pitch as a development coach working with academy/colts/development squads to give them a challenge and provide some fresh ideas to them and club coaching staff. Any clubs interested in a midweek session please let me know. #growthmindsetRead More
All in all round up. A very tight close fixture which was expected. @SaintsRugby bringing their A game but just missed out on a few difficult decisions. Well played both squads and congrats to @LeicesterTigers On to the final next weekend.Read More
Kicking for clearance was as expect. Direct and targeted causing some issues throughout. Defence from both sides caused a lot of issues for both squads but quick thinking from both 9s allowed for some hard running lines and exposure of the defence Part 2Read More
What a semi final. A very hard battle caught all the way to the end. From a skill set to strong teams which only a few handling and miscalculation gave away possession. @SaintsRugby could have been quite comfortably 15 points clear in the first half. Part 1Read More
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