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Swaffham rugby coach gains qualification

22:18 10 July 2012

Spike (Ian Milligan), John Chamberlain with the Norfolk Junior Cup and John Blenkharn

Spike (Ian Milligan), John Chamberlain with the Norfolk Junior Cup and John Blenkharn

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Swaffham Rugby Club’s first team coach John Blenkharn has become among the first men in the region to achieve the newly formatted RFU level 2 coaching qualification.

‘John The Coach’, as he is known at the club, joined Swaffham last season and coaches both senior teams together with Ian Milligan, who holds the same qualification in the previous format.

Blenkarn was responsible for setting the style and structure which the senior teams are now playing with and was instrumental in master-minding the Norfolk Junior Cup final win at the end of last season.

This is the first time in a number of seasons that the club has non-playing senior coaches for both teams and the focus this allows seems to be working well.

The style of play, ideas and coaching are being shared throughout the club with coaches from all of the youth age groups attending the first pre-season training session for the senior squads last Tuesday.

The club is keen to ensure that coach development is a critical part of the on-going development of all they do and will be working closely with the RFU support in the region to ensure this continues in the coming season.

The first coach development session booked relates to the major changes to the U7 to U9 age groups, which take effect from September 2012. A ‘New Rules of Play’ briefing will be held at the club in North Pickenham Road on Friday, July 20 at 7pm. All coaches, players and parents of players are welcome to attend along with representatives of other clubs.

The briefing is free to attend – to book a place contact Ian Milligan on iandmilligan@btinternet.com

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