Scottish Rugby is delighted to announce that former rugby professional and England age grade coach John Fletcher will be delivering a series of Coaching Masterclass, based around coaching through adaptive games.
John played first team rugby for Tynedale, Northampton, Newcastle and Gosforth, and was awarded England honours with A team selection. His impressive coaching career began with Newcastle Falcons, where he joined the Academy staff before becoming the club’s Director of Rugby, with overall responsibility for teams that included Jonny Wilkinson, Matthew Burke, Carl Hayman and Toby Flood.
In his development role with England Rugby, John spent the last 10 years as the Under 18’s Head Coach, mentoring and bringing on England stars through the Performance Player Pathway, including brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson.
He is a firm believer in how the right learning environment truly supports development, and alongside his rugby coaching roles, he experienced high-performance environments in different sports – observing Nordic skiing, football with Ajax FC and hockey with Dutch clubs – bringing those learnings back into rugby.
More recently, John has co-founded the Magic Academy (https://www.themagicacademy.co.uk) which aims to support and challenge coaches using innovative techniques.
What will be covered in the Masterclass?
The masterclass will be based around the developing coaches understanding of how to develop creative and self-organising players through innovative and adaptive games. John will also demonstrate how to coach using the principle of the play (linked to the Technical Blueprint).
The masterclass will be practical in nature and coaches will be encouraged to take part in the practical on-field sessions (non-contact!).
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