Leinster Rugby, in partnership with Working with Parents in Sport, will host a webinar on the use of themes in rugby coaching. The webinar is aimed at junior, senior and performance coaches.
The use of themes in rugby union training has grown in popularity in recent years.
But what exactly is theming? How is it applied in practice? What works well? What went wrong? What are the skills required by the coach to successfully use the concept of theming in our coaching practice? All of these questions and more will be answered in the live webinar by our experienced and diverse panel.
The panel will consist of Jess Bunyard (Head Coach of Women’s and Women’s Rugby at Huddersfield RUFC and Editor of Women’s Rugby Coaching magazine), Eoin Sheriff (Leinster Rugby Coaching Development Officer), Declan O’Brien (Head Leinster Rugby Development Coach and Player) and Kieran Hallett (Leinster Rugby Head of Elite Player Development).
Panel members will discuss their experiences (good and bad), as a player and a coach, with theming. They will provide contemporary examples and solutions on how they currently integrate this concept into their coaching profession.
Bunyard is also a community coach and academy coach for Huddersfield RUFC and provides rugby for local schools. She has coached for DPP and college rugby as well as being the editor of Women’s Rugby Coaching Magazine.
Sheriff is a former professional player with Leinster Rugby, Saracens and London Irish. Eoin is currently the South East Region Coach and Head of Player Development at Leinster Rugby. He has been the Leinster Youths forwards coach since 2019 and is also the head coach of Wanderers FC.
O’Brien is a former Leinster player who is currently a coach and head of player development with the national department of Leinster Rugby. He has worked with Leinster Rugby for over 14 years now. He coached at Clontarf, DLSP, Blackrock, IT Carlow and his local club Enniscorthy as well as Leinster U-19s for two seasons and supported all other age representative teams. He was also an assistant forwards coach for the Irish women’s team that won the Six Nations in 2015.
In addition to this he is a qualified IRFU Tutor, a World Rugby Coach as well as a Coaching Development Assessor with Sport Ireland Coaching. In recent years he has recently obtained an MBS in Business Practice from University College Cork through his studies at the Irish Management Institute, earning degrees in Leadership, Executive Coaching and Strategy & Innovation.
Hallett is a UKCC/RFU Level 4 qualified coach, who is currently Head of Elite Player Development/Academy Coach with Leinster Rugby as well as the current Ireland U-19 Head Coach. As part of his role, Kieran is also the attacking coach for Leinster A and Leinster U-19, as well as regular skills development training with Leinster Senior players. He was also previously a defense coach for Irish women.
He previously worked for three years as an Academy coach for Exeter Chiefs, running their player development program and coaching development program in Cornwall, after retiring from a career 12-year-old professional player.
To register for the live webinar on Wednesday April 6, please click on here.