Academy Coaches: Lee Adamson - England, Rob Drinkwater - Australia, Sheldon Coffin - Hong Kong/New Zealand, Alex Edmonstone - Scotland, Ian Fowler - Australia
An integral part of the Penguin remit is to help grow and develop the sport of rugby around the world, and this is the speciality of the Penguin Coaching Academy. The Academy organises structured rugby coaching programmes and coach-tutoring courses for coaches and young people in countries where that expertise is not available locally. This helps young people improve their knowledge of, and their rugby skills. It also encourages participation in the game of rugby. This, in turn, promotes sportsmanship, teamwork, camaraderie and traditional rugby values, for all of which, the Penguins are renowned. This coaching trip began in Jakarta on the 24 November and was delivered by coaches from New Zealand, England, Scotland, and Australia.
The Penguin Coaching Academy facilitated the achievement of World Rugby Level 1 Coaches qualification for forty-six participants, and World Rugby Level 1 Officials qualification for thirty-six participants. Additionally, ninety-five players aged 8-18 years, thirty-four of whom were girls, were coached.
The academy coached in twenty-three primary schools (266 players in the under-12 age group), and developed the coaching skills of twenty-five teachers, and in thirty-four secondary schools (636 players aged 13-17 years) and developed the coaching skills of thirty-nine teachers.
1007 players coached
64 teachers assisted with rugby development
46 newly qualified level 1 coaches
36 newly qualified level 1 match officials
2 club sessions
36 schools worked with 1 university coached
On the first two days of this trip, Rob and Alex delivered two Level 1 IRB coaching courses and one IRB level one refereeing course to eighty-two enthusiastic rugby volunteers from the Jakarta area. Comprised of two full days of activity that were well received, this will go on to provide a real boost to the development of rugby and game management in the coming months.
Lee and Sheldon arrived on the Sunday evening, only to find that both Rob and Alex had retired early, following two full-on days of coaching! Monday morning began with an early breakfast and a trip to the Mama Sayang Orphanage. The Penguin coaches spent most of the day with the one hundred and twenty five children and with coaching finished, time was spent talking to all the young people before Sheldon ran a “How to do the Haka” master class. Click on this link to see the results!
On Monday evening a session was run for the Jakarta Banteng’s RFC. The coaches split on Tuesday to maximise the number of players coached. Rob and Alex went to the University, and Sheldon and Lee went to a local school. In the evening Sheldon and Lee were able to fit in a club session for the Komodo Juniors at local facilities. Wednesday morning was spent with Karina, the Indonesian Rugby Development Officer, discussing ways to improve the development of rugby in Indonesia. The group brainstormed different ways of tackling the challenges of rugby development for young people. Karina left with some new ideas to explore during the coming months.
The Penguin coaches headed to Bali on Wednesday evening. Greeted by host, Kurt Lovell, the driving force behind rugby development in the busy beach resort, we found Bali in mid-recovery following their annual rugby extravaganza the - Bali Tens.
An IRB Level 1 course started on Thursday morning for local coaches and this took most of the day leaving us just enough time to get back to the hotel and down to the beach for the weekly touch rugby session. The following day the Penguin coaches travelled two hours up the coast with Kurt, to meet a keen rugby supporter at Pondok Pitaya. As the young people we were scheduled to coach failed to appear, we were able to relax for the day and enjoy the great rugby hospitality provided by Darius Sadell manager at the Surfing and Yoga retreat hotel. It was a day to remember! Friday morning saw the Penguins fly to Singapore to catch up with the Penguins 7s team, spending a whistle stop 24 hours watching the 7s before heading off to Malaysia on Sunday evening.
At Kuala Terengganu’s airport in the north-east of Malaysia, the group was met by local rugby enthusiasts and taken to the hotel to settle in. Monday was the beginning of four days of continuous coaching and traveling during which the Penguins visited a mixture of primary and senior schools across the province, delivering two sessions per day and covering hundreds of miles. The Penguin coaches were enthusiastically supported by teachers who had achieved their coaching Level 1 through the Cobra Rugby programme (in association with the Penguins). The schools sent their young rugby players in their hundreds! Lee Adamson commented he had never met so many polite and committed young men, all of whom capitalised on every opportunity to play the game of rugby.
The Penguins departed Kuala Terengganu sadly on Thursday, although with many fantastic rugby memories, and flew to Kuala Lumpur. Friday was a relatively quiet day. The morning was taken up by coaching a school at the Cobra Club, and we finishing our sessions with a visit to St John’s School in the centre of KL – again, well-grounded players with a real love for the game. As the practical session was rained off, we delivered a theory session in a classroom, followed by a Q&A with all the players and staff.
Time: 1 hour Session
Aim: To develop an attacking playing style and promote rugby values
To understand the activities that create "Go Forward "
Demonstrate those activities in a game situation
Increase the players’ ability to catch and pass a ball
Understand and demonstrate activities that promote effective teamwork in attack
Time: 1 hour
Aim: To develop an effective defence structure built on discipline and respect
Understand the key components of a team defence
Demonstrate activities essential to an effective defence system in a game situation
Enhance players’ abilities to complete an effective tackle
Understand and demonstrate behaviours that promote effective discipline and respect for the laws and values of the game