On the weekend of 4th – 6th December, 2015, Alun Harries (World Rugby Trainer) and Dave Cockburn (World Rugby Coach Educator), visited Gibraltar to deliver Rugby Ready, Level 1 and Level 2 programmes to several Gibraltar Rugby Union coaches, on behalf of Penguin International RFC.
On the Friday evening and all day Saturday, five candidates followed and successfully completed the World Rugby Ready and Level 1 coach education courses, with excellent interaction between everyone.
On the Sunday the first day of World Rugby Level 2 was attended by another five candidates. It was a long day, with a lot of theory and practical sessions throughout, and all the candidates contributed well and consistently, to make it a very productive day. That was the easy bit! All the candidates were set two home study tasks to profile their teams and design sessions to improve their team performance, or address weaknesses. A lot of work for them to do before Alun and Dave return to review presentation of the home study assessments and the completion of the course.
The facilities were very good and the support and hospitality received from Mike Milward (Director of Rugby, Gibraltar Rugby Union) and everyone else at the Union was excellent.
A unique experience was having to pause practical sessions due to planes landing and taking off, as the international airport runway was less than 100m away!
The passion and enthusiasm of all the candidates and the Gibraltar Rugby Union for the game was quite infectious, and we are sure this will help them achieve an improvement in rugby on ‘The Rock’ and help meet all their other objectives.