23rd July 2015
Support from the Costain Fund has recently enabled Cockermouth Mini/Midi RUFC to deliver a coach development and mentor programme.
Young players from the U18 team have undertaken a UKCC ‘Coaching Children in Rugby’ Level 2 course and 10 new adult volunteers have undertaken the IRB RugbyReady Course. As part of the scheme the young players were matched up with one of the adult volunteers sitting the course to allow mentoring to occur for support.
Chris Wright from the club said: “As a club, the whole player pathway in place will benefit from this. Since completing the qualification, our U18 squad are now able to assist on Sunday mornings. All the players look forward to receiving high quality coaching from this group of newly qualified coaches.”
One young coach was highly praised throughout the programme and he has now decided to attend university to study sports psychology. He also now helps the club on an up coming programme called ‘Return to Rugby’ and has been invited to support a local sports coaching business.
Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer said: “This project is a great example of young people wanting give back to their community and ensure the club continues to thrive. It also gives them understanding, knowledge, practical skills and confidence.”