Leg­end coaches the coaches

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Rugby leg­end John Les­lie was in demand when he dropped into Tau­ranga as part of his na­tion­wide tour to boost the num­ber of ju­nior rugby coaches.

The ex-High­landers player and former Scot­land in­ter­na­tional held a free work­shop for vol­un­teer coaches at Mount Maunganui Sports Club.

Mike Wil­liams, Mount Sports Ju­nior Rugby chair­man, said the event was big suc­cess and a con­fi­dence booster for club mem­bers in­volved in­help­ing to up­skill young play­ers.

“It’s been re­ally great for our coaches as some of them haven’t coached be­fore. To have some­one of John’s ex­pe­ri­ence to help them is just great.

“Having some­one to coach the coaches is whatwe need. John’s teach­ing pro­gramme is unique. Things like drills and tack­ling tech­niques is hard to coach and this will give our new coaches con­fi­dence of what to do and how to do it.”

John, who played 23 test matches, is tour­ing the coun­try vis­it­ing ju­nior rugby clubs. Com­mer­cial cleaning firm CrestClean is spon­sor­ing the 50 train­ing work­shops, which aim to get more mums and dads into coach­ing.

The event was also an op­por­tu­nity for the Mount club’s un­der 12s team to get some hands-on tips from the rugby guru.

“They were re­ally good kids and pretty ex­cited about rugby. I showed them how to im­prove their game but at the same time have a lot of fun as well.”

John aims to “em­power” coaches with his tried and tested coach­ing method.

“Th­ese work­shops are all about giv­ing vol­un­teer rugby coaches a plan so they’ll never feel stuck or frus­trated at rugby prac­tice again,” he said.

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John Les­lie (left) and Mike Wil­liams, Mount Sports Ju­nior Rugby chair­man, with an un­der 12s player.

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