Rugby

Need For ‘Qualified’ Coaches

For next year’s Skipper Cup, the coach must have Level 3  More than 200 sat for Level 2, only 71 got accredited
12 Sep 2020 14:23
Need For ‘Qualified’ Coaches
Left: Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli is a Level 3 coach. Right: Ram Sami Suva rugby head coach Sakaraia (Zac) Labalaba is one of the Level 3 coaches coaching in this year’s Skipper Cup competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There is a need for rugby coaches in the country to get the Level 3 accreditation.

This is to help lift the standard of coaching and rugby to a higher level.

Speaking to SUNsports, Fiji Rugby Union’s development manager Koli Sewabu said local coaches need to constantly upgrade their coaching skills.

“We are trying to raise the bar for next year where the Skipper Cup coaches will have to be at least Level 3 accredited,” the former Flying Fijians No.8 said.

“In the Vanua Cup, the coaches must be of Level 2. This is same for the senior club coaches who have a high level of competition.”

Sewabu said Level 2 is where the concern is because more than 200 coaches sat for it but only 71 have been accredited.

“So we’ve been working really hard in terms of coach visitation, pre-assessments and giving more feed backs to coaches prior to their practical assessment.

“So if we can lift the numbers of Level 2 that will make progression to Level 3 a lot easier.”

Sewabu said as the law changes so are the technical components of the game.

“It’s just understanding what is been done at high level and how you need to improve as a coach.

“This is because as a coach you a not only coaching but you a there as a mentor and father figure. There is so many attributes of a coach.

“So it’s important to attend courses and upskill themselves, it’s good for their personal and professional development as well.”

Sewabu highlighted that World Rugby and FRU are focused on player welfare, which is keeping our players safe when they are involved in rugby.

“So the main purposes of this coaching clinic is not only about the coaching process or understanding the coachable components of the game but how to keep the players safe.

“This is because it’s an impact sport, injuries are bound to happen but learning the correct technique and the correct ways of addressing things to reduce the risks of getting injured in the field. So player welfare is a priority here.”

On Thursday, Sewabu facilitated a coaching clinic workshop for all Suva club coaches.

Suva and Nasinu are the only two provincial union teams that have conducted coaching clinic to upgrade their club coaches.

“In terms of coaching pathway what we trying to implement all around Fiji is for all club coaches to at least have a minimum Level 1 accreditation,” Sewabu said.

“Then for those who are coaching in a higher level especially in Suva due to the strong club competition, need to do their Level 2.”

Sewabu added the impact would benefit the teams and the standards of rugby.

“The importance around having accreditation not only for coaches but referees, strength and conditioning coaches and medical people will have a huge benefit to the game.

“This is in terms of sharing skills, knowledge and experience to our young and upcoming male and female athletes. We also have other integrated courses especially now with the sudden influx of women into the game.”

Sewabu said Suva coach Sakaraia Labalaba and Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli have done their Level 3 and they have really improved their players and teams’ performance.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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