Scottish coaches handed opportunity to further experience

A number of Scotland’s leading professional and club rugby coaches have been handed an opportunity to extend their coaching experiences and further their skills.

Gregor TownsendSome seven coaches have been selected and appointed to two different programmes.

Chris Dewsnap, Duncan Hodge, Graeme Young, Gregor Townsend, Roddy Deans and Dave Butcher will attend the RBS 6 Nations Coaching Conference in Baldon in France next week (19-22 May), while Hawick and Scotland Club International head coach, Phil Leck, will travel to Stellenbosch University in South Africa to take part in the IRB Talent Optimisation Conference (20-26 July).

Scottish Rugby’s coaching development manager, Neil Graham, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer these opportunities to our performance coaches, providing them with an excellent opportunity to interact with their peers, and hear from some excellent speakers, who lead the way in coaching.

The theme for this year’s 6 Nations Coaching Conference is ‘Developing a Winning Culture’, which will link well with the work we have been carrying out with Tony Stanger from the Scottish Institute of Sport, to better understand talent.”

In the first of the two conferences each coach is grouped together with one other coach from each of the six nations and invited coaches from FIRA countries to share ideas and experiences.

The conference is themed around developing high performance behaviours, with previous guest speakers including Didier Retier (Assistant Technical Director, FFR) and Graham Henry (Former National Coach New Zealand).

The IRB Talent Optimisation programme is aimed at coaches and match officials with significant experience and qualifications who are looking to fulfil their talent in a high performance environment.

In South Africa, the course will be very practical with plenty of hands on coaching and officiating opportunities.

Leck will be provided with ongoing feedback and a detailed report throughout the programme.

Coaches from all RBS Premiership, Scotland age-grade, Scotland national and professional teams, and regional academy coaches were invited to apply for the opportunities.

The candidates were then chosen on the strength of their application based on what they wanted to gain from the experience, which elements of their coaching they wanted to work on and how they intend to share the information with other coaches on their return.

RBS 6 Nations Coaching Conference:

  • Chris Dewsnap (Regional Academy Coach)
  • Duncan Hodge (Scotland National Team)
  • Graeme Young (Scotland Club International and Stirling County RFC)
  • Gregor Townsend (Glasgow Warriors)
  • Roddy Deans (Scotland under-16)
  • Dave Butcher (Exiles Performance Coach)

IRB Talent Optimisation Conference:

  • Phil Leck (Scotland Club International and Hawick RFC)