I started my role with the Trust in October 2019. The Trust was looking to expand its pool of coaches , I was approached by the Chairman, Stuart Gray, to see if I was interested in getting involved and I was happy to do so.
I most enjoy helping groups of people of all ages and abilities participate in (and gain enjoyment from) playing sports. I have undertaken several training courses during my time with the Trust, gaining qualifications and generally increasing my knowledge base. Working across several of the projects also provides the opportunity to coach a variety of different groups which is a constant learning experience.
My coaching experience lies within a cricket environment rather than a rugby setting – while being an avid watcher of the game and a long-term follower of Strathmore Rugby Club, I have never played rugby (other than the odd game of Tartan Touch!). On the cricket side of things, I have around 20 years of experience coaching players of all ages within my club (Strathmore Cricket Club) and have spent a considerable amount of time over the years running taster sessions and extra-curricular clubs within local schools.
I hold the following qualifications:
National Progression Award Sports Coaching: Rugby (UKCC Level 1)
World Rugby: First Aid in Rugby
World Rugby: Concussion Management for the General Public
World Rugby: Laws of the Game of Rugby Union
World Rugby: Strength & Conditioning Pre-Level 1
National Progression Award Sports Coaching: Cricket (UKCC Level 2)