Young centre John to help deliver coaching

The highly acclaimed Ospreys Coach Development team will kick off their 2013 programme with a special workshop focusing on the basic skills of 'catching and passing' later this month

Assisting WRU/Ospreys Coach Development Officer, Dan Owens, in delivering the workshop is young Ospreys centre Ben John, a player who as well as pursuing his goals on the field is an aspiring coach himself.

Having recently successfully completed his Level Two coaching qualification, John is coaching at his local club Loughor, as well as being actively involved in the development of regional age grade players at U16 level at the Ospreys.

He made his Heineken Cup debut at the weekend, stepping up at short notice to start out of position on the wing in Treviso for the Ospreys, his first regional start outside of development competition the LV= Cup.

The workshop is taking place at the Ospreys training HQ in Llandarcy on Monday 28th January, is free to attend, and is open to all active coaches within the Ospreylian region.

Dan Owens said:

“We are delighted to be able to call upon the services of Ben for our first workshop of 2013. As well as being a regional player of real promise himself, he is also working his way along the coach development pathway, gaining valuable practical experience both with his local club and within our development structure here at the Ospreys.

“Ben will deliver a one hour workshop which will identifying the key principles utilised by the Ospreys in catching and passing and then conduct some practical activities which will highlight the key points. It promises to be an informative evening for all those coaches who attend.”

Participating coaches are encouraged to bring along one player with them to the workshop, who will participate in the practical activity, allowing the coach himself to observe and make notes.

For more information or to register for the class, please mail Dan Owens at

The workshop gets underway at 7pm prompt, so those attending should report to Reception at Llandarcy no later than 6.45pm.