World Class Immersion Coaching Course Available from ARIA

Monday 9 December 2019, 3:01PM
By Beckie Wright

Auckland Rugby International Academy (ARIA) has a one-week coaching for rugby coaches who want to take their skills to another level. Based in Auckland the week-long full immersion programme offers a complete experience with practical workshops and modules that will develop knowledge of rugby and how to apply this as a coach.

Each session starts with an assessment to tailor the programme to individual levels and objectives. At the end of the programme the assessment outlines the progress made and elaborates on areas of improvement. The modules include core skill coaching which involves acquiring new skill, attack systems like shape, starters/strikes and continuity, and defence systems which involves attack without the ball. Designed to meet the need of coaches the programme will allow participants to expose themselves to international-level training. The training covers organisation and planning, strength and conditioning, mental skills, analysis, kicking and position specific roles.

Coaches are the unsung heroes of the game. They work as head coaches and support staff,  as defence coaches, forwards coaches, on specialist skills and attack consultants. "Rugby shouldn't be something that creates pressure; it should be something that creates hope. We have a privilege of giving hope – it's not a burden," says South African Rugby head coach Rassie Erasmus.

Rassie Erasmus made use of meticulous planning and expert player management. This had a major hand in the Boks lifting the trophy, and the retention of his know-how, even from a distance, will be a major boost for the team as they head towards a British and Irish Lions tour in 2021. Erasmus has resigned from the head coach role after the 32-12 final victory over England in Yokohama, but remains as Director of Rugby within SA Rugby, allowing for a new man to take the team forward.

"When I took over it was 618 days to the World Cup and we planned to win it. It is now 614 days to the British and Irish Lions and we will start planning now. Lose the first test and people forget about the World Cup.

"Depending on who will be the head coach‚ the Director of Rugby will definitely not have an office job behind a desk just thinking strategically. It will be a hands-on job‚ very close to the head coach," Erasmus said.

ARIA provided homestays for their coaching programmes, and accommodation, meals and laundry are part of the costs. Individuals interested in the coach progammes can fill in the expression of interest form online. They can also contact ARIA by phone or email.

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