In 2014 I asked to be part of a technical coaching panel to discuss the possibility of developing a wheelchair rugby coaching qualification and producing a technical coaching manual. Over the two year period this has proved to be a much more challenging task than anyone could have ever anticipated!

Last weekend we delivered the course at the University of Gloucester to 10 enthusiastic students and presented them with a spectacular glossy coaching manual covering all the aspects and qualities needed to be a Level 2 Wheelchair Rugby Coach with the most up-to-date technical resources and advice: “Yes we got there in the end”.

The participants who attended the course came from a wide range of sporting backgrounds; we had learners from our GBWR elite staff, club and youth coaches from all divisions of our league and RFU Coaches from the Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints.

It was great to see such diversity within the group and watch their progression throughout the weekend, everyone on the course had their own wealth of knowledge and experience to share, which enhanced the quality of the course and the personal development of all involved.

The students will now complete written work and deliver progressive coaching sessions before returning to the University in March to complete their practical assessment.

The qualification has gone from strength to strength, improving constantly from the invaluable input and feedback from the learners and the continuous effort from Paul Arnold, Paul Jenkins and myself to make this course informative, enjoyable and something to be proud of.

Rob Tarr

Tutor & Assessor