- Shuttleworth appointed new Professional Coach Development Manager
- I am motivated to help coaches develop – Shuttleworth
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The Rugby Football Union has appointed Richard Shuttleworth as the new Professional Coach Development Manager to replace Nigel Redman who joined Worcester Warriors as forwards coach in May this year.
Shuttleworth will work closely to stimulate the on-going development of professional coaches within the England representative teams, the Aviva Premiership, RFU Championship and Regional Academies.
Born in Liverpool, he joins the RFU from the Australian Institute of Sport where he has worked as their Skill Acquisition Specialist since 2007.
He said: “I am very excited to take on this role at such an exciting time for English rugby. I feel good things are happening at the RFU right now and to be part of a progressive and dynamic professional coach development team headed by Kevin Bowring is quite simply a fantastic opportunity for me.”
He added: “I am motivated to help coaches develop, innovate and optimise new and existing tools and strategies to enhance both the learning and performance of their players and I bring a huge passion for learning and skill acquisition to what I do.
Diverse range of knowledge – Rob Andrew
“I have focussed my personal skill set on helping optimise the individual skills needed by each coach to develop more highly skilled, adaptive, creative and effective decision making players who are motivated to achieve success in their careers.”
RFU Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew said: “Richard brings with him a diverse range of knowledge and experience from across a number of Olympic sports, Australian Football League, Rugby League and Rugby Union. His focus on both the individual and team based development made him the standout candidate to replace Nigel.”
RFU Head of Professional Coach Development Kevin Bowring said: “We’re delighted to have someone of Richard’s calibre on board. He brings a wealth of experience ranging from the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union through to the Australian Institute of Sport via NZ rugby and I’m sure that our coaches will benefit from his considerable expertise.”