The 'player centred model' that is in place at the Ospreys ensures that each member of the Ospreys squad will receive the support needed to be successful. The key to this is the quality of the coaches, if you want better players, then you need better coaches, which is at the very heart of our philosophy. In effect, the coach is the CEO of the player, setting a vision that allows him to operate efficiently and providing him with the tools to do his job efficiently.
It's important that we develop coaches who are not just proficient in knowing the different areas, but who possess the skill, ability and desire to personally drive the development of the player forward, instead of being reliant on others. Of course, the coaches also need the same level of support to ensure that they, their colleagues and all other key personnel, including the players are constantly developing. This forms the key responsibilities of the Elite Performance Director, who will ensure that strategies for governance, integration of rugby across the business, talent ID and retention of key personnel (not just players), research and development and player/coaching pathways are not only in place, but are constantly revisited to ensure that the Ospreys remain at the forefront of European rugby.