The new ZRU director of coaching Bright Chivandire said that the coaches who attended the Zimbabwe IRB Level Two coach’s course at Prince Edward School in Harare on Sunday are progressing and developing well in their leadership roles.
Chivandire who hit the ground running in his new role; amongst other things has spent the last ten days meeting with various stakeholders, has said coaching is a skill that needs to be constantly improved as the trends of the game are fast changing.
“There are some young and promising coaches in the country, we need to continue to encourage them to continue working hard because the game is also changing and more refined ways of training need to be consistently understood and upgraded.” he said
Those who attended the course include current Captain of Zimbabwean Sables and former Sevens Cheetahs player Daniel Hondo who is assistant coach of the Cheetahs as well as former Sables and Sevens Player Graham Kaulback who suffered a serious injury setback in 2013.
Bright Chivandire also expressed the Union’s focus on the spreading and development of coaching the game. “We are excited to see former players joining us on this course. It shows that the game is in good hands hence we have former players feeling the need to take part in such important steps of further developing the game. This also shows that players are developing well and to have them take rugby coaching as their development pathway is fulfilling.” he added
Sixteen aspiring and established coaches attended the Union run skills improvement course. Four are from Bulawayo and twelve are from Harare. The Director of Rugby said their job as educators is to help them through the process and ensure that the coaches reach top credits.
Chivandire mentioned that coaching development is very positive in Zimbabwe. “In a few weeks a comprehensive training and education calendar will come out which will see heavy investment in IRB coaching accreditation at all levels by running a lot of courses in 2015.” he said. This will also include training and education for First Aid for Rugby, Match Officials & Strength and Conditioning as well as team management and disciplinary workshops. This will continue the process of building a work force with a solid foundation based on measured skills for a National Coaching Philosophy.
Ideally the ZRU seeks to have anyone coaching rugby in the country to hold a minimum of an IRB Level I Coaching qualification. Ultimately the plan is to progress coaches through the necessary pathways and ensure that any National Coach holds an IRB Level 3 Coaching Certificate.