Don't let perfect be the enemy of be good: How to set up a SEND rugby programme
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by Dan Cottrell with Darren Rea, John Peel and Gareth Lewis
2d ago
This podcast is dedicated to the memory of one of the guest's daughter, who passed away suddenly a few weeks after the recording. The Peel family have set up a donation page for Katie in support of FarmAbility. Here's a link. https://www.justgiving.com/page/katiepeelfarmability Please listen to this inspiring journey of three coaches providing something amazing. It needs us all to reflect on setting up a SEND rugby programme. Dan Cottrell speaks to Darren Rea, John Peel and Gareth Lewis of Gosford All Blacks, Wallingford and Whitney rugby clubs. There are plenty of lessons for all of us ..read more
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When balloons and ribbons can help improve catching skills
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by Dan Cottrell
1w ago
Dan chats with Dr Rachael Jefferson about fundamental movement skills and how to introduce them effectively into our coaching sessions. Rachael is a lecturer in human movement studies and creative arts, and author of Fundamental fun: 132 activities to develop fundamental movement skills. You can get a copy of her book here. In the podcast, we explore: What is meant by fundamental movement skills (FMS) What do the terms body management, locomotor, and object control skills mean Why we need to coach FMS How to make it part of our training sessions Ways to help less skilful young people becom ..read more
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How to help less-experienced coaches enjoy taking teams
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by Dan Cottrell with Chris Dossett
2w ago
Dan chats with Chris Dossett, chair of the Professional Association of the Directors in Sport, and very experienced DoS himself. In the podcast, they talk about: How a good director of sports supports their less-experienced staff Connecting with the players Making the less-able teams enjoy rugby as much as the top-flight What equality looks like in sports in a school environment How to make girls' sport part of the fabric of the school sports system Chris gives many examples of practical ways to operate, not just as a director of sport but also as an example of good coaching for others to f ..read more
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The thorny reality of losing a World Cup final
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by Dan Cottrell with Jess Hayden
3w ago
Dan talks to Jess Hayden, former Times sports journalist and author of Dan chats to Jess Hayden, author of The Red Roses: Behind the Scenes with the England Women's Rugby Team. Jess, who was previously a sports journalist at The Times and The Sunday Times, is the editor of Contested, a new social app for sports fans. In writing the book, she was able to get exclusive access to the England Women's team, known at the Red Roses, plus speak to former players and coaches. In the podcast, she talks about: The highs and huge lows of a World Cup campaign Professionalism in women's rugby and the le ..read more
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Why a coaches' coffee club will make you a better coach
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by Dan Cottrell with Sean Lindersmith
1M ago
In this episode, Dan chats with Sean Lindersmith. They discuss how he created a coaches’ coffee club, and how he made it a genuine place to learn and support each other. Sean is the Vice President of Operations at Premier Rugby Sevens and Silicon Valley Rugby - defence and forwards coach. His past roles include University of MN Head Coach, US Coast Guard Sevens Head Coach, St Augustine High School Head Coach, MN Youth Rugby Youth and HS Director and USA Eagle’s National Team Manager (Men’s) In the podcast, we cover Establishing the Coaches’ Coffee Club Mentorship and sharing initiative Practi ..read more
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The science behind why dance can improve rugby
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by Dan Cottrell with Dr Jocelyn Solomons
1M ago
Dr Jocelyn Solomons joins Dan on the podcast to discuss her research on how dance can improve rugby players. Based at the world-renowned Stellenbosch University in South Africa,  she is a lecturer in  Applied Kinesiology and strength and conditioning. She has a PhD in women's rugby development and an MSc in Sport Science focusing on rhythmic movement and rugby. In the podcast, we explore: How do you persuade rugby players that dance can make a difference How did it make a difference in the research project What happens if a player can’t dance How can it be made position-specific Jo ..read more
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Simple ways to create intensity and urgency in your sessions
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by Dan Cottrell with Mike Penistone
1M ago
Mike Penistone is a global rugby coach, starting his coaching career in the 80s with Trent Poly and then Cambridge University rugby league as head coach. He went on to GB Student's head coach before moving to Leicester Tigers Academy via Nottingham. He did a stint at NSW Waratahs and then Eastern Suburbs in Australia. He is now a rugby coach consultant. In the podcast, we cover: How to make a great first impression as a coach How to make your sessions engaging and intense Why threes and fives are magic numbers What stops great players becoming good coaches Asking the best questions to get the ..read more
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Transforming parents from obstacles to allies, with J.P. Nerbun
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by Dan Cottrell with J.P. Nerbun
1M ago
Dan Cottrell chats to author and coach, J.P. Nerbun about his latest book, The Sports Parent Solution, Proven Strategies for Transforming Parents from Obstacles to Allies. We explore how coaches can get the most out of their relationships with parents. Sometimes they are super-supportive, and sometimes not! How do you get them onside to start with, speak to them, involve them and make them part of everyone's journey. We talk about the ways to have difficult conversations, how to build your value offering and chances to show leadership. J.P., as always, offers lots of evidence from either h ..read more
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The Coaching Knife: What keeps volunteers in the game, with Tom Chaloba
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by Dan Cottrell with Tom Chaloba
4M ago
Welcome to the Coaching Knife when we cut to the root of the matter. In this episode, we speak to Tom Chaloba, Manager of Get Into Rugby Zambia. Focusing on volunteering we are going to cut to the root on how to build a group of volunteers and retain them. Tom is a coach and match official educator at Zambia Rugby Union, as well as working with the Tag Rugby Trust. He is the founder of Die Hard Rugby academy. His philosophy is aim high but don't miss what is near. This helps him stay grounded and rooted but also gives him the freedom to shoot for the stars. You can contact him on Twitter @Tom ..read more
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The Coaching Knife: How can we make warm-ups improve performance, with Kevin Till
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by Dan Cottrell with Kevin Till
4M ago
Welcome to the Coaching Knife when we cut to the root of the matter. In this episode, we speak to Professor Kevin Till, Professor of Athletic Development at Leeds Beckett University and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Leeds Rhinos RLFC academy. Focusing on warm-ups, we are going to explore how they are used to prevent injury and give us performance gains. Kev has worked in strength and conditioning with Yorkshire cricket, Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union, football with Leeds United, as well as his roles in rugby league, at Leeds Rhinos and Castleford. He completed his PhD in Sport and Exercis ..read more
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