Boosting coaching numbers
Counties Manukau Rugby is after high school level coaches to develop the next generation of rugby players.
The Counties Manukau rugby development officer team of Jeremy Wara, Grant Henson and Todd Petrie work together to develop the game and its resources in the area.
Wara is in charge of secondary schools and talent identification, Henson manages coach development and is Counties Manukau Steelers assistant coach and Petrie runs primary school and junior rugby development.
High school level rugby players often stopped playing the game because there was a shortage of coaches, Wara said.
‘‘As it starts to get to high school, it starts to filter out.’’
Wara said a lot of men and woman felt the step up from junior club level coaching to high school coaching was too big.
‘‘That’s a myth that we want to get rid of.
‘‘There is support and there are resources and methods we can teach.’’
Wara’s grounding in coaching has come through study and his role, while Henson has made his way through the coaching ranks starting at under 13 level.
Coaching in a modern environment required a different set of qualities, Wara said, with a generational shift in attitudes and approach.
‘‘These days you’ve got to build more of an understanding with players and gain more trust.
‘‘As a coach you’ve got to learn how to relate.’’
Creating a positive environment often led to success, Wara said.
‘‘If you have that environment, then you’ll obviously get a better result.’’
The aim of the coaching drive was to allow teams to have more than one coach.
This would enable more individualised coaching for players, Henson said.
‘‘Instead of just brushing over it and not giving it the detail to attention it needs.’’
Henson said aspiring coaches did not always need to have a mountain of knowledge and experience playing rugby.
‘‘They think that they need all of the answers, where actually they could have some more questions than answers.’’
The Steelers offered an open environment for aspiring coaches to learn more about the game, Henson said.
Steelers’ trainings were often open for the public to watch and ask questions.
‘‘You have to get new ideas, you have to grow youself.’’
To find out more contact Counties Manukau Rugby on 09 237 0033.
Counties Manukau rugby development officers Jeremy Wara and Grant Hesson want to recruit more men and woman to high school level coaching.