England prop Rocky Clark coaches the basic scrum position
Day Two: On the second day of the Summer Residential CoacHclass at RAF Halton the players started the day with a workshop based on the "Seven Healthy Habits"and the attributes needed to become a successful athlete. The rugby content for the day focused on contact rugby skills and the offload. The evening activities gave the young players an opportunity to work with the RAF on the shooting range, a tour of the trenches and an introduction to camouflage & fieldcraft.
Day Three: London Wasps Team Nutritionist Michael Naylor visited the CoacHclass in the morning to impart his knowledge and help the young players to lead healthier lifestyles and get the most out of their bodies during rugby activities. Following the nutrition session, the players spent the morning and the early afternoon with their age groups continuing to work on their core skills and team play. The afternoon saw the groups split up into positions and work with coaches on position specific areas. The evening activities were a rotation of the RAF's shooting range, trenches tour and camouflage & fieldcraft activities.
Day Four: London Wasps Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach Keir Wenham-Flatt visited the CoacHclass in the morning to educate and advise the players on the sort of things they will need to do to stay competitive in rugby. After a short rugby session, all 120 children were transported to the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury for a split session between a recovery session in the swimming pool and an indoor football tournament in the Sports hall. After four days of high energy rugby and evening activities, the players were given some 'downtime' consisting of either watching the Olympics 200m Men's Final on TV or watching a DVD.
Day Five: On the final day, the players played matches in front of London Wasps Academy Manager; as part of our Talent Identification Programme. From his observations he has already been in contact with one of the CoacHclass players about opportunities to become involved in the London Wasps Academy. At the end of the day the players attended our CoacHclass Awards that rewarded those players deemed to be the Best Player and Most Improved Player in their age-group.
Our 5-Day Residential CoacHclass was a huge success with the players receiving a fantastic holistic programme of rugby activity. The programme would not have been possible without the help of the RAF, support staff, coaches and the players. The coaches included a huge amount of experience and knowledge and had 5 previous/current international players within their ranks. Thanks also go to all those that visited the camp to improve the players experience.
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