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Gloucestershire coaches receive expert advice from Gloucester Rugby & ESPN

12 December 2011

  • Grassroots clubs receive a master class
  • Peter Richards and Barney Allen guest star

Last week at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium, ESPN rugby analyst Pete Richards along with the club’s Premiership coaches, led a coaching masterclass for over 20 local coaches from across the area.

The grassroots coaches received expert advice and coaching from Barney Allen, conditioning and strength coach for Gloucester as well as the chance to talk rugby with ESPN’s Richards.

Richards, ESPN rugby analyst, who helped to lead the session said: "It’s great for ESPN to lay this event on for the Gloucester area coaches.  It is fantastic for the coaches to have someone of Barney's calibre to learn from and you can be sure that what they've learned today will be used in clubs across the county."

Don Parsons, Rugby Development Officer for the RFU for Gloucester & Forest of Dean Combinations, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for our local clubs to get first-hand knowledge from experts like Barney and Peter." 

Barney Allen, conditioning and strength coach for Gloucester who ran the session, said: "This was a great event. It was great to see so many local clubs coming to support us and to look at new training tools which they can take back to their clubs.  Events like this help to develop talent throughout the county from a skills and conditioning perspective."

This season, ESPN and the home club of every Aviva Premiership Rugby match broadcast live on the channel will be offering an exciting ESPN Premiership Rugby Masterclass to the local community during the two weeks leading up to  the match.  Either a rugby masterclass will be offered to a local school new to rugby for 11 to 13 year olds, or a coaching masterclass will be offered to local volunteer coaches from grassroots clubs. You can watch ESPN’s upcoming live televised coverage of Gloucester v Wasps on December 26.