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Eastern Counties launch Coaching Association

30 September 2010

  • Launch at Stowmarket RFC on Monday October 4
  • RFU head of coach and player development to attend
Gary Henderson, RFU Head of Coach & Player Development

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Eastern Counties Rugby Union is launching a ground-breaking Coaching Association across the region, assisted by Gary Henderson, the RFU’s Head of Coach and Player Development.

Henderson will be the special guest for the association’s launch at Stowmarket Rugby Club on Monday October 4, when he will speak about the latest research and plans to help develop players from seven year olds in tag rugby to elite England players.

He will also take a practical coaching session with some of the Northampton Saints Elite Player Development Group, comprising 13 and 14 year old boys from schools and clubs across the region.

The Coaching Association, the first of its kind in England, is the next stage in Eastern Counties’ long term plan to raise coaching standards and improve the skills of rugby players of all ages in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Using a specially developed website and database the Association - which is free to join - will provide rugby coaches with a range of information and benefits, support their personal development and allow them to plan their future training.

Eastern Counties initiative praised

Rugby coaches can join the Association by going to the website at

Henderson praised the Eastern Counties initiative, and said: “Coaching is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in Rugby Union.

“High quality coaching drives better performances and helps guide player improvements in technical, tactical physical mental and lifestyle skills.

“All coaches require support to enable them to continue to develop their knowledge and skills and the Coaching Association established by Eastern Counties will provide coaches with advice and development opportunities.”

Lee Adamson, the RFU’s Rugby Development Officer for Eastern Counties, called on rugby coaches in all age groups to join, and said: “Better coaching means better players.

“Whatever your experience, whatever age group or level you coach, by joining this Association you will find all the support you need to improve your skills and so improve your players.”

Coaching co-ordinators from rugby clubs across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk will attend the evening and also receive a copy of the newly published Coaches Handbook.