James Tranter

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2018, with 2 boys in the U10s & U7s.
Experience & Qualifications… played rugby as a schoolboy in Wales, representing district level, and then played touch rugby during my working years.
My approach to coaching in U7s, our approach is to build the confidence and competence of our players in the rugby basics of catching, passing, defending, supporting and of course attacking (invading and evading) that they may have already been exposed to in U6 & U5s.

Rugby at this age is non-contact, and tackling is “touching” or “tagging”. Games and activities at training ensure that our players develop their rugby skills as well decision-making abilities in a safe and fun environment.

At Centaurs we start to give our players an appreciation of the core values of rugby – integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline. And of course they continue to learn the Centaurs way of having fun, playing fair and supporting their mates! These are values and ways that will benefit them their whole lives.

Our aim is to ensure that playing rugby is a highlight of their week and this includes the camaraderie and friendships that they start to grow with their team mates and the family-orientated environment at Centaurs. We want it to be the start of a long-term love of the sport. We also encourage parents to get involved, whether this is cheering for the kids on the side lines, ensuring they have water bottles in their hands at water breaks or even chucking on a coach’s shirt and having more direct input to the kids’ rugby development. Ultimately, this is all about building the rugby family / community around the kids.

Big smiles all around!

Matt Cheong

Experience & qualifications… Singapore 7,Singapore Select, Singapore u20s, UBC Thunderbirds & Sydney University Football Club. Currently playing for SCC 1st XV.
My Coaching Style is… At U6 it is all about getting the kids and the parents involved. I believe a supportive and sporting environment requires happy kids and dedicated parents. I try to prepare welcoming and fun sessions that introduce the basics of rugby no matter what their experience is (parents included). I aim to lay the foundations so the kids will enjoy rugby and be involved with Centaurs for years to come.
Best thing about coaching is… Passing on my knowledge to the next generation, having kids from different backgrounds playing together, giving back to Centaurs and hopefully help train up the next Marcus Smith… (or Matthew Cheong!)

Paul Borrett

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2019.
Experience & Qualifications… I played rugby at school and at University. My position is in the forwards, a hooker. Although not rugby, I have extensive experience in martial arts as a competitor and coach. I have been teaching martial arts since 1987 and was honoured to be the National team coach for the Canadian San Shou Kickboxing team in 1996. I hold instructor/black belt qualifications in multiple arts. I will undertake my Level 1 World Rugby Coaching this year.
Best thing about coaching… I enjoy giving back to the sport and to see the kids grow in confidence as they enjoy their rugby training.
My coaching style… Noisy! I like to share enthusiasm and make it fun, entertaining and inclusive for the kids.