After taking my 3 year old son, Charlie to the local rugby club for a kick about and run a round, I volunteered to lend a hand if they needed it; I wanted to be a part of my son's excitement and enjoyment. I was then asked if I wanted to train to become a coach.
I attend a two weekend coaching courses to learn the necessary skills of coaching required by the IRFU and Ulster Branch - without these I would not be able to coach.
I am responsible for the coaching and development of players aged 3 to 7, which requires a great deal of skill and patience. I follow all of the relevant guidelines and policies to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of those children in my care is my top priority.
I train/coach my players every Saturday between 2-5 hours depending if they have an away match. I create coaching plans, keep player records and encourage children to learn new skills and take up sport and make new friends.
It's been an amazing experience over the last 3 years, while I certainly enjoy the excitement of under 7's rugby, coaching and learning to coach three to seven year olds is about much more than winning and losing games.
I coach because I feel that through rugby I can teach my players life lessons. I have the time, energy, commitment, enthusiasm and passion to inspire these young children to achieve their dreams.