The London Irish Coach Development programme began in March 2018 with the aim of developing coaches within the London Irish Academy and the local community.

The programme runs through a series of workshops held across Middlesex, Berkshire and Hampshire, with each session focusing on a different element of what makes a good coach. The subjects range from technical elements to psychological influences, with the intention to inspire people to think differently about their coaching.

Last season’s workshops hosted several guest speakers, including a former hostage negotiator Mark Sheasby, golf coach Sam Jarman, lecturer Ed Hall and Google business partner Liam Russell.

The positive impact of the Coach Development programme will continue this season, with the first series of workshops now announced.

Exploring Team Selection with Dr Matt Fiander (Oxford Brooke’s University)
Wednesday 24 July, 1pm to 3pm
Hazelwood, Sunbury, TW16 6QU

Insights into the London Irish Academy
Monday 22 July, 7pm to 9pm
Trojans Rugby Club, Hants, SO50 9HT

Open Coach Development Workshop
Wednesday 31 July, 7pm to 9pm
Old Grammarians RFC, London, N21 1EN

Insights into the London Irish Academy
Wednesday 7 August, 7pm to 9pm
Bognor RFC, Bognor Regis, PO21 5JH

Coaches Open Academy Day
Monday 19 August, 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Hazelwood, Sunbury, TW16 6QU

Community of Practice with London Irish DPP Manager Jack Pattinson
Monday 19 August, 7pm to 9pm
Windsor Rugby Club, Home Park, SL4 6HX

The London Irish Way
Wednesday 11 September, 7pm to 9pm
Reading FC, Reading, RG4 6ST

All of the workshops are free and open for anyone to attend. To find out more or to book onto a workshop, please email [email protected].


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