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Autocracy Vs Democracy: The Politics of Coaching

Autocracy vs Democracy: The Politics of Coaching   “That was a very poor session.”  “That was one of the worst sessions I've seen.”   This was some of the feedback I received from a colleague after they observed me coaching a group of 14-16 year olds in the...

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Coaching Philosophies: A Question of ‘Self’

 Coaching Philosophies: A Question of 'Self'   When I started coaching at the age of 14, I never gave a 2nd thought to having a coaching philosophy. What even is a coaching philosophy? Why should I need one?  In all honesty, it was probably not until I was 21...

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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play Written by Ben Holland   Every year on New Year's Eve, I wake up early and take myself on an adventure in the dark to go and watch the sunrise from somewhere isolated and beautiful. Here, I reflect on the year that is coming to an end, and...

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The strength coaches role

Rugby has evolved. The 2015 All Blacks team was, on average, 15kgs heavier than their 1987 counterparts. Couple this with the ball being in play for 10 minutes longer than it was 20 years ago, and we give birth to a Bigger, Faster, Fitter, Stronger culture among...

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