Gruff Rees Tackles Continuity Skills

Gruff Rees delivers a coaching seminar on Continuity Play at Kenfig Hill RFC on Wednesday 21st January 2009.


Wednesday 21st January 2009 Ospreys Skills Coach, Gruff Rees imparts his knowledge during Ospreys Community Department coaching seminar held at Kenfig Hill RFC. Gruff was on hand for Coaches in the Ospreys Region, to demonstrate some of coaching techniques used to improve players individual skills. Gruff concentrated on skills in the contact area with an emphasis on offloading to generate continuity play.

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, the session was very lively and the coaches who attended were very generous in their praise of the seminar.

With sodden feet and dripping clothes, the warmth of Kenfig Hill RFC clubhouse was a welcome change to the pitch side soaking the coaches endured. As is now the norm with these events, the practical session was followed by a very lively question and answer session, in which Gruff reinforced some of the key messages demonstrated on WRU Coaching courses, in particular, that every coach has the tools to develop players, they need only look at themselves to be innovative and develop coaching ideas.

A damp Dan Owens, Ospreys Coach Development Officer, commented:

"We have again laid on another very successful event. Gruff's delivery was excellent, despite the conditions, and the feedback we are receiving from the coaches in attendance is once again very positive, and are asking for more. Everyone was able to benefit from a greater understanding of the demands of Regional rugby and learnt many interesting technical points. We are grateful to Gruff for giving so freely his time and for providing such an informative evening. We would again like to thank Kenfig Hill Rugby Club for hosting the event and to Craig Warlow for making his player available. As the Coach Development Department we would like to urge the regions coaches that if they are available, to attend these events. The experience we collate in one room is astounding, which allows us to generate thought and debate, which is only healthy for the development of players."

On Wednesday February 11th, Jonathan Humphreys will again provide a clinic on 'Scrummage Philosophy', this time at Pyle RFC at 7 p.m. Gruff Rees's clinic will then be repeated at Dunvant RFC on Wednesday 25th February, also at 7 p.m.

Please make every effort to attend and encourage your colleagues to join us as well.

For more information on these events, please contact Tony Thomas at:
01792 324 650