Boost­ing coach­ing num­bers

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT - JOHN BOYN­TON

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.

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