What was it that got you into coaching?
Early in 2016, I snapped the patella tendon in my right knee which sadly meant that my playing career came to an abrupt end. When you aren’t playing it doesn’t take long to feel that you’re missing out and not part of the action.
I realised that the Canterbury 3rd team wasn’t getting enough coaching and support and so I volunteered my services.
As a school teacher the last thing I ever imagined doing was coaching, but I wanted to stay involved with the game and this was the obvious thing to do.
What’s the most rewarding thing about coaching?
I love seeing other players enjoy the game as much as I did and have that sense of purpose and direction.
It’s given me that sense of camaraderie that was an important part of my life and which I felt I’d lost. Coaching has also allowed my to develop own ideas about sport especially the benefits of a ‘one-club’ mentality regardless of whether you play for the 4th or 1st XV.
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I may be the coach, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t resist joining In!
Tell us about the team you coach?
I coach 3rd XV. Until I got involved, it used to have just the occasional run around. We have a squad of c. 35 players and within this I’ve created a Development Squad in which up and coming Colts can experience playing Adult rugby before playing a 2nd or 1st XV level. Equally, players from those teams who might be getting over a few injuries can play a few games with us.
The 3rd XV is now an important ‘buffer’ zone between Colts and top club rugby.
The training and the approach appear to be paying off. The team has moved up the league this year and are in 2nd / 3rd position. It’s amazing what a few weeks training can do!
What’s coaching done for you personally?
Within a club, I think everyone has a role. With my injury I felt I’d lost my role. I’ve now got it back! I still feel one of the boys!
I never realised it was going to give me as much satisfaction as it has done. Over the next few years I’d like to get some coaching qualifications and see how we can develop the youth game at Canterbury.