Polly Richardson (‘Prez’)
“I get such a thrill from helping and supporting others and if through my coaching I can enable someone to fall in love with the game as much as I have, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
What was it that got you into coaching?
I was originally inspired to coach by my own university coach, who encouraged me to use my people skills and passion for rugby to try and inspire others to be involved in the game. He has been a huge influence and inspiration in my own coaching style and confidence as a young coach.
What’s the most rewarding thing about coaching?
For me the most rewarding thing about being a coach is seeing the hard work pay off. Watching something you have coached being used in a game or training session. That moment when it clicks with a player and they understand why it might be beneficial for them to learn a certain technique to help further their ability.
Show us your favorite coaching photo?
This is an amazing photo of when Oxford Brookes Womens won the Midlands 2A League undefeated. We had had a phenomenal season all coming down to a promotion deciding final, which was incredibly gripping and evenly matched throughout.
When the final whistle blew and we had won, all the hard work had paid off and the mass excitement and relief as shown could no longer be contained. That was an amazing day.
Tell us about the team you coach?
My coaching is varied and has included a few local primary schools under the All Schools programme and also helping out at summer camps for championship sides such as London Welsh.
Oxford Brookes has been my team for the last three years and by helping to coach this last year I was able to extend my involvement with the club even further. I specialise on forwards coaching and would deal with game scenarios and phases of play as well as helping to coach a variety of techniques surrounding the scrum, ruck and mauling areas of the game.
What’s coaching done for you personally?
Becoming a rugby coach has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I get to enthuse younger players and aim to inspire them to remain passionate and driven toward their own personal success.
I get such a thrill from helping and supporting others and if through my coaching I can enable someone to fall in love with the game as much as I have, I couldn’t ask for anything more.
On a solely personal note, becoming a coach has massively improved my own standard of play, having a greater understanding of the pillars of the game and the best way to utilize your position has helped me on multiple occasions when on the pitch. I feel by having the confidence to coach I reassured myself in my own abilities and used this to push me in my own game play.