Coaching seminar focuses on pre-contact skills

Ospreys Skills Coach Gruff Rees hosted the latest Regional Coaching Seminar at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, delivering a session on pre-contact attacking skills to 30 coaches from across the region.

The evening focussed on developing the individual skills required, together with the importance of support roles, with the aim of developing awareness, understanding and execution of individual skills, by focusing on game based situations.
Gruff demonstrated a number of drills aimed at improving these skills, before putting them into game situations to introduce realism and to emphasise the importance of good decision making. He was assisted throughout the evening by the Afan Nedd District U-14 squad, and the Ospreys would like to express our appreciation for their commitment and enthusiasm.
The session concluded with an enjoyable and informative Question and Answer session with Gruff to round off the evening.
Gruff Rees said:
“It was a really enjoyable evening’s work and was good to see 30 coaches from around the region coming out to further their development and understanding. In particular, the themes of the night were well received, with the individual attacking skills prevalent in the current Ospreys game highlighted in a practical way that can be applied by the coaches at their own level of delivery.”
The next event will be held at Pyle RFC on Wednesday 4th November commencing at 6.30 p.m (please note the new starting time). The topic will be ‘The Contact Area’ and will be led by Steve Tandy. The following week, Andy Lloyd will repeat the session at Dunvant RFC, again starting at 6. 30.
All coaches are invited to attend, for further information, please email Tony Thomas at