New coach has big ambitions
ASSOCIATES Rugby Union Football Club’s new junior academy coach Ross Tolmie will work on better linking the junior and senior teams during his time as coach.
Pre-season training for under-12s to under-17s started late last month and runs from 5pm to 6.15pm.
Tolmie said he wanted to implement a succession plan at the club to make is easier for players to proceed from junior to senior teams.
“Then we can get drills and skills of a higher standard earlier on,” he said.
“The numbers are currently in the high teens, not up to twenties yet.
“We are aiming to get as many as possible.”
Tolmie has been a member of Soaks since 2004 when he joined as an under-13.
He has coached the juniors since 2008 when he started with under-7s and last year, while coaching under-17s he obtained his Level 2 coaching badge.
Tolmie will continue playing this year, coaching the teams at Britannia Reserve in Leederville on Saturday morning and then playing his games in the afternoon.
“I’m hoping to stay on for next year and a few more years as well,” Tolmie said.
Junior registrations open on Saturday, February 14.
New junior academy coach Ross Tolmie puts some of his young charges through their paces.