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YOUR COACHING TEAM

LEADERSHIP & HEAD COACHES

 

CLUB PRESIDENT

Bryan Coole

Bryan Coole

CLUB PRESIDENT

As President, I’m striving to keep Centaurs as the premier rugby club for families in search of a high quality, positive rugby experience for their children. Keeping the focus on every player and their development. Building character through the rugby experience. Since I first pulled on a Centaurs Coach shirt over ten years ago, I’ve been bleeding Yellow and Blue ever since. It’s great being a Centaur, and I love this club!

Bryan is also Head Coach for U13s.

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

Sean Goh

Sean Goh

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

Experience & qualifications… I played for Bedok Kings RFC for several years and 2 seasons ago transitioned into an assistant coach role. I hold a World Rugby Level 1 Coaching qualification and am currently completing my Level 2.
What I love most about rugby is… The values the games stands for and the character it develops in those who play.
What I tell my players… No matter what level you compete at, have fun playing the game.

My focus as Director of Rugby is to support our coaches to be the best coaches they can be. What are the structures, resources and training we can put in place to enable us to not only continue producing brilliant young rugby players, but also keep everyone enjoying being part of the Centaurs family.

HEAD COACHES

Each age group is led by a Head Coach, who is often a parent of one of the children in the age group. Working closely with the Director of Rugby and Pro Coaches, Head Coaches manage age-group specific communications between the club, parents and players, structure training sessions, and promote the Centaurs Way and Code of Conduct.

Adam Field

Adam Field

U16s & U17s

Experience & qualifications… Wales 7s, GB Students 7s, London Welsh RFC, Rosslyn Park RFC (UK), currently playing with Bucks RFC (Prems). Player coaching experience with Sevenoaks RFC (UK).
What I love most about rugby is… how many doors it opens and the people you meet. Rugby gives you the chance to travel the world with your best mates and, if you win, nothing can beat it!
I tell my players… to have confidence in themselves, go onto the pitch thinking they can out do your opposite man. Play with a smile and if in doubt, just run with it!

Sam Lau

Sam Lau

U15s

Experience & qualifications… I play for Bedok Kings Rugby Club (Premiership) and I’ve been playing with the Singapore Men’s Rugby since 2013. Before that i was with Singapore U23s in 2013, and U20s in 2009 age group set up. I currently a hold World Rugby Level 1 Coaching qualification.
What I love most about rugby is… the sense of belonging to a well-knit community. Always having a good time on the pitch and enjoying each other’s company after the game. And having the chance to travel to play against different teams from all over the world.
What I tell my players… rugby can be played well by simply perfecting basic skills like passing and catching. It’s a game played well by gelling together simple basic skills.

Colin Ip

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2011.
Experience & Qualifications… I started playing rugby at prep school in Scotland since age 8, captained my university team and played Scottish national league for Strathmore RFC. Rep’d for Valley RFC in HK and the Pot Belly Pigs until 2005. I’ve now had two seasons with Bedok Kings. I hold Level 1 & Level 2 World Rugby Coaching.
Best thing about coaching… Rugby is fantastic dad/son time! Also, it’s great to give back to kids the enjoyment of rugby.
My coaching style… Scottish, in the veins of Jim Telfer!

Anna Chen

Anna Chen

GIRLS U13s - U15s

Experience & qualifications… Been playing since 2009 and can’t get enough of it. Be it coaching, touring or refereeing, I’m always looking for ways to give back to the sport and enjoy it! World Rugby Level 1 coaching and refereeing.
I coach because… Having been in the 15s program for Womens, it’s exciting to be playing a part in shaping the next generation of talent. There weren’t many opportunities for girls to be playing rugby in Singapore when I was growing up, and I always wished I had picked it up sooner especially when I see the girls that are up early every Saturday, running and tackling hard. It’s great that Centaurs is providing that opportunity for the younger girls and I love helping out with it!
What I love about rugby… There is nothing quite like the feeling of putting your body on the line for the person next to you, and knowing that every one of your teammates would do the same for you. I also love how rugby is probably the only sport where, after the final whistle, both teams can celebrate and share a cold one!

Bryan Coole

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2009.
Experience & Qualifications… I’ve been playing rugby since 2000 for Bucks, Wanderers & Singapore Reds (in Lock position). Now playing for Bucks Vets! I hold World Rugby Coaching Level 1 & Level 2 for 15s and World Rugby Coaching Level 1 for 7s.
I coach because… it gives me the chance to give back to the sport that has given so much to me. I relish the opportunity to share my passion for rugby and to help foster that in the next generation of players. I want children to love playing rugby, to always have fun doing so, and to learn how to play it as best as they can.
Our age group mantra: “Why do we play? We do it for the love of it!”

Patrick Kelly

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2013.
Experience & Qualifications… Played both League and Union at St Augustines College up till 18 years of age. I’m from a family of 6 brothers who all played League or Union, one playing Aust Schoolboys, Warringah Rats, and more. I coached junior Rep teams in Manly Warringah District Cricket Club before moving to Centaurs, and I’m a Level 1 Referee (Rugby League).
What I love about coaching… seeing the kids skills grow so quickly, watching friends made at training and bonding with other parents and coaches.
The best thing about rugby is… it doesn’t matter what your size or shape is, there is always a position for everyone to be involved.

Leon Emes

Leon Emes

U11s & GIRLS U17s

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… as a parent 2011 and 2013 as a coach.
Experience & Qualifications… my playing is confined to touch footy these days. I’m a qualified Level 1 Coach and Level 1 Referee.
Best thing about coaching…  coaching is something that brings pleasure in many different ways. It’s a pleasure to see the kids progress, smile and have fun through rugby. It’s a pleasure to know that the core rugby skills of integrity, teamwork and discipline that we teach today will follow the kids through life, both on and off the pitch. It’s a pleasure to be able to work alongside such a supportive group of parent and pro coaches who help make us such a successful team. At Centaurs I’m lucky to be surrounded by great people, all willing to share their experiences and help you bring the best out of the kids.
What I love about rugby… it’s such an inclusive sport. No matter what your shape, size, ability or fitness there will always be a place for you on the pitch and in the team. And best of all you’ll make friends for life…. quite frankly it’s the best sport in the world.

Tim Gazzard

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2014.
Experience & Qualifications… Playing rugby since age 9, played through school, university and working years in Australia, London and Peru. I’m also a Level 2 Referee, Level 1 Coach & current President of JRCS.
What we love most about coaching… Saturday’s a rugby day!!! For the U10s it’s still all about having fun, helping the kids develop a love of the game, getting the parents involved and building our rugby family/community. We continue to work on the building blocks of rugby – catching, passing, running forwards, tackling & rucking – while at the same time reinforcing rugby’s core values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline. This year is jam-packed with tours to Malaysia, KL and Bangkok. The U10s also enter the JRCS league this year and get their first taste of regular league matches and competition! It’s all set to be an exciting year!!!

Chris “Harry” Harris

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2016.
Experience & Qualifications… Played from 1982 to 2014 for Warringah Roos, Manly Juniors, The Southport School, St John’s College, Uni of Qld., Forest and KL Saracens (Malaysia). I mostly played prop… mostly because I lack a neck. Started coaching Under 13E’s while in Year 12 at The Southport School; Lancing College 1st XV Forwards Coach (UK), Assistant Coach, St John’s College Women’s XV (Uni of Qld.). I’ve got my Rugby Ready, over 6,000 hours of teaching/training/coaching, I’m a qualified university lecturer and (most importantly) herder of cats.
I coach because… Props make the best coaches. We spend a lifetime watching others play the game, a view only broken up by the poetry that is the scrum and the necessary evil of lifting tall players who can’t jump for themselves only so that they can knock it on and we scrum again. Their punishment: sticking their heads between our bottoms. Ah, the circle of life.
I assume no one peaks age 6, 7, or 8… our aim is to keep EVERYONE interested in the game regardless of skill, keep them involved and developing skills. It’s no good having 45 Under 6’s at Centaurs one year, only to have 14 Under 9’s 3 years later, so I don’t stream if possible. The learning around the learning and the rugby culture are far more important to me. Pull your socks up, support your mates, have fun, and play fair. Oh and support the Wallabies.

Jonathan Cavenagh

I’ve been coaching Centaurs since… 2017.
Experience & Qualifications… I played rugby as a schoolboy in Queensland, and then touch rugby throughout my working career.
My approach to coaching… at U8 level, we aim to introduce the kids to building a love of rugby starting with the basics. Games and activities are tailored to ensure the kids are engaged, having fun and learning the essential first steps like passing, catching, making touches and running with the ball.

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.