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Planning for life after rugby
10:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
THINKING about life after your playing career probably isn’t an easy thing to consider for a professional rugby player.
But some Wolves stars have taken the first steps on that road by completing a coaching qualification.
Nine players have achieved the level two coaching award, accredited by the RFL, that allows them to instruct children.
Half back Richie Myler completed the four day course, organised by the Wolves Foundation.
He said: “I still don’t know what I’ll do after playing but it’s always worth bearing things in mind.
“This qualification is about how we work with children in their way, not the way we’d train ourselves.
“Then we know how to tailor it to different ages and different abilities, and deliver different training sessions.”
Australian forward Trent Waterhouse also got the coaching badge that saw players marked during a practical exam on how they would deliver drills like tackling and running safely to children.
He said: “It’s given me some idea of what coaching would be like after playing, even if it is for very young kids.
“If I were to carry this on I’d start with coaching junior teams back in Australia and look at working my way up.”
The qualification will see the players go to schools and clubs in the town to deliver coaching sessions in the run up to the Rugby League World Cup in November.
Paul Humphries, coach educator at the RFL, carried out the assessment.
He said: “We look at how they interact with others, how they give feedback, how they organise the session, and how suitable they are to coaching young children.
“We are not teaching them the skills of the game, something they are experts at.
“We are teaching them how to relate those skills to children.”
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