The Ospreys Coach Development team has once again received a glowing report from a national awarding body, with the department being labelled "an excellent example of how a Coach Development centre should be run'.
The Ospreys Coach Development team has once again received a glowing report from a national awarding body, with the department being labelled “an excellent example of how a Coach Development centre should be run’.
The praise comes from 1st4sport Qualifications, an awarding body recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), after it’s annual review of operations at the region's Llandarcy Academy of Sport HQ, where the team got the thumbs up for their sterling efforts to develop the next generation of coaches in the region.
It follows on from a similarly glowing report twelve months ago, when 1st4sport declared that the team was "again setting the example of Best Practice in Wales".
The review looked at the Coach Development Team's operational systems, policies and procedures, customer service and administration.
According to Regional Community Manager, Ben Rose, the pat on the back for the Coach Development team was richly deserved. He said:
“As a department, we are constantly striving to deliver coach and player education of the highest quality to the local rugby community, and 1st4sport have once again recognised the exceptional work being done by the Coach Development team.
“The external verifier has thoroughly assessed the work carried out by Dan Owens, who manages the programme, and Tony Thomas, and their positive verdict on the department means that coaches attending any of our courses know they will get a high quality learning environment with honest, fair and quality assured assessment."
Speaking about the visit, Byron Pugh of 1st4sport commented:
“The Ospreys Region is an excellent example of how a Coach Development Centre should be run, and the administrator should be congratulated on his professional approach to his post.”
Dan Owens, Coach Development Officer at the Ospreys added:
"It is important that as a Development Department we ensure our practices are an example to the grass roots game. As such our qualification awarding body 1st4sport apply clear guidelines for us to follow to achieve this. As a region, we take pride in striving to be the best.
“As a Coach Development department, we ask ourselves one simple question - Why stop there? Over the last 18-24 months we have consistently set the standard for Coach Education, and now we must continue to push the boundaries. This report is testament to the hard work and effort that goes in not only by us as Development Officers, but also the workforce that service the courses and the coaches that attend.”