Tutor: Paul Westgate
Location: Uppingham School
These popular Rugby courses will once again be run by a team of qualified RFU Coaches led by Paul Westgate, Director of Sport and Head of Rugby at Uppingham School. Paul is an Elite Level 5 Rugby Coach, a qualified RFU Trainer, Coach Educator and Mentor. As well as being one of the top rugby coaches in the country, Paul has a vast experience of coaching rugby at school, county, regional and national level, and he has enjoyed success coaching the Spanish national team, the England Counties XV, England U18 national development squad and England Students. The coaching philosophy of Total Rugby is based on developing core skills, improving decision-making and increasing game understanding within a game-based learning environment. The course content will focus on the skills of passing, running, kicking, tackling and contact. We believe that young players learn more effectively and enjoy themselves more when they learn new skills and develop those skills through playing small-sided games. Each coaching session will have a theme and that theme will be introduced and developed within the framework of a conditioned game. There is no contact on the course in line with the RFU Reg 15 which governs rugby activities and courses outside of the rugby season ,and the RFU's New Rules of Play. However, there will be some preparation for contact and some fun activities to introduce contact.
All equipment is provided e.g. balls and padding, but participants may bring their own if they have them. Please clearly mark all items with your child’s name.
Students will need the following:
- Plenty of liquid refreshment (plastic sports bottle - no glass)
- Appropriate sports clothing
- Trainers (not black soled)
- Sun cream and a hat
- Non-residential students should bring a packed lunch each day. Squash and water will be provided at break times
- Non-residential Students
10.00am at Uppingham School Sports Centre. Collection will be at 4.00pm from the same place.
- Residential Students
6.30pm - 7.30pm on Sunday evening prior to the course. Students should register at the boarding house in which they are staying (this will be confirmed nearer the time). A light supper of sandwiches and cakes will be served on arrival on Sunday evening. Please notify us of any special dietary requirements using the Parental Consent Form.