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England Sevens coaches share expertise at development sessions

22 April 2013

  • More than 300 coaches meet England Sevens experts at development days
  • Ryan, Earnshaw, Maddocks, Norton and Rodwell all on duty at Worcester
Russell Earnshaw

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England Sevens have been sharing their expertise with coaches and young players at a series of development days this month.

Head Coach Ben Ryan, Assistant Coach Russell Earnshaw and Women’s Head Coach Barry Maddocks have delivered sessions at London Irish, Bristol and Worcester so far.

The sessions are designed for coaches and players in club academies, colleges and schools and the key themes are the “how” of coaching sevens and the development of core skills and game sense.

Expertise is added by current international players with England’s leading try scorer Dan Norton and most-capped forward James Rodwell – a former Warriors player – joining the April 18 session at Worcester.

“Coaches of age group players have a huge opportunity to make an impact on young players in terms of talent identification and development,” said Ryan.

“These sessions are an ideal opportunity to connect with coaches working with young players and increase their knowledge base. It gives them an insight into what we’re doing at international level, an idea of what best practice looks like and the basics of what we do to prepare for the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Barry Maddocks

Photo: Martin Seras Lima

“We’ll see around 300 coaches this season and we’re also interacting with a lot of youngsters too, which will give them an idea of what works in international sevens and what we’re looking for.”

Further courses take place next week at Saracens (April 22) and Leeds (April 23) and Ryan hopes an expanded programme next season will take the number of coaches engaged in sevens to beyond 1,000.