Young rugby stars kept in the picture
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NEED a hand with some coaching drills to help your rugby team find it's full potential?
Soon you will be able to log on to the ARU website to find the extra edge you might need and the help will be coming from a local source.
St Augustine's Primary students have spent the past two days being part of an instructional coaching video that rugby coaches will be able to access on-line in the near future.
School principal Jake Madden said during yesterday's filming the students have been jumping out of their skins to be a part of the ARU's directional program.
"We were very excited to be invited to be part of the program," Madden said.
"I think this is a great reward for the students efforts over the last couple of years where they've come along as a rugby playing school.
"The kids have worked hard on their sport and finished runner-up in the CPS (Catholic Primary Schools) rugby knockout this year."
The busiest man at the Camp Wallaby field yesterday was the ARU's Special Projects Manager John Searl who was overseeing the operation.
"For us it's great as we're creating a series of 30 second coaching clips that can be viewed on line," he said.
"A coach can be going for his Level 1 accreditation and that coach can receive an e-mail once a week from the ARU with his lesson plan or drill for the week.
"Previously our resources were either a hard copy or a CD that we'd hand out."
Searl also hinted that this week's filming may not be a one-off situation.
"We're looking at setting up a regular shoot," he explained.
"That way we can come back here in the future and it looks continual as the background will stay the same."
As the Rugby Programs Manager on the North Coast, Maurray Archibald was thrilled to see a local school be given this opportunity. "They were going to do this in Sydney but when those plans went astray the St ASugustines guys were more than keen to put their hand up," he said.
"With Jake being an ex-rugby man and president of the Coffs juniors it turned out well."