The aim of these courses is to improve the player in four aspects: technical, physical, mental, tactical:
Technically, the courses will aim to improve the player’s generic skills, such as tackling & passing, but also the course will provide specialist positional technical coaching, provided through course-based coaches and guest coaches with specific skill sets focused on the players needs.
Physically, the players (depending on age) will be tested and measured against Premiership Academy fitness criteria. They will be educated on the use of strength and conditioning to improve their rugby ability going forward.
Tactically, the players will be taken through game understanding sessions on the field and in the classroom. They will be set tasks of preparing their own groups to tactically outwit the opposition. They will be shown how video analysis has become part of the modern game and set homework on analysing matches using the skills they have learnt.
Mentally, they will be put in situations where their concentration is tested, and asked to perform their core skills under external pressures. This area is probably the least coached in the game, but is where players can make the most gains. The players will undertake goal setting long and short term, and leave the course having discussed specific key performance indicators and goals for the forthcoming season.
The courses will take on a unique structure, based around a pre-season camp of a professional club, culminating at the end of the week in a conditioned game that parents are invited to attend and view the improvement the players have made.
Leading the course will be Matt Salter, current Director of Rugby at Clifton College, and former Bristol Rugby captain. He will be assisted by other current rugby coaches within the Upper School, along with a team of Junior Coaches. Between them they have a great deal of experience both playing and coaching, and will look to bring these experiences in to the courses.
We look to have guest coaches attending each course to offer their experiences and take training sessions, availability permitting. In previous years, we have had guest coaches Ryan Jones, Dave Lemi, Mark Regan, Freddie Burns & Josh Lewsey attend during the programme to coach and offer guidance to the players. They hosted question and answer sessions and talked about their many experiences from their unique rugby careers.
We look to confirm guest coaches for each course a little nearer the time, but please see below for some of our coach profiles:
These courses will offer a totally unique experience that will improve the individual as a rugby player and a person. The courses will prepare the players for the season ahead, and give them all an outstanding head start in helping them to achieve their rugby goals.