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First Shropshire Coaching Conference a success

26 September 2012

  • Coaches flock to Harper Adams event in Shropshire
  • Hincks hails inaugural S12 coaching conference
Action from the inaugural Shropshire Coaching Conference

Photo: RFU Archive

More than 70 coaches attended the inaugural S12 Shropshire Coaching Conference held at Harper Adams University College near Newport.

Paul Westgate, the England Students head coach, was the key note speaker at the conference at which all but two of Shropshire’s 12 clubs – hence the S12 in the title – were represented.

Young players in four age groups from the Newport, Shrewsbury and Telford Hornets clubs were in attendance at the conference which was aimed at mini, junior and youth coaches from across Shropshire.

“We were absolutely delighted with the number that attended the conference and we that this is an important building block for bigger and better things in Shropshire rugby,” said Simon Hincks, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Shropshire.

“Next year we hope that coaches from neighbouring Constituent Bodies will attend the conference because those who attended this year said that it was a useful and enjoyable event.

“The players from the age group teams at the three local clubs who attended worked very hard and also enjoyed the day.”

A seminar from the inaugural Shropshire Coaching Conference

Photo: RFU Archive

Other sessions at the conference were delivered by Martyn Longhurst, a North Midlands youth coach, local Community Rugby Coaches Adam Blackford and Scott Sturdy, Simon Hincks and Darren Gourley, the RFU Regional Talent ID & Development Officer.

The conference was organised and delivered by the Shropshire Rugby Development Group and was  sponsored by Wace Morgan Solicitors and sports clothing and equipment suppliers Sportsjam.

Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors all 72 delegates were given a memory stick of the conference presentations and an S12 T-shirt.


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