I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2018, with 2 boys in the U9s & U6s.
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 U6s, 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 U5s, as well introducing them to the concept of individual and team roles and rules-based game play.
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.
In addition to training, our U6 players get the chance to start playing friendly matches against other Singapore clubs and have the opportunity to play in several Singapore championship tournaments and go on tours to play in rugby competitions within the region.
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!