Whilst keeping the competitive nature of rugby, development is often more important than the win !
The Development Squad at Medway Rugby Football Club comprises of players aged primarily between the ages of 17 and 30. It also provides a temporary home for returning injured players from the Senior ‘pod’ (First XV and Extra First XV) and for senior players needing to rediscover form.
The process has been ongoing at Medway since the 2007/2008 season. During this time much has been achieved, with the Squad not only winning trophies but with the overall system receiving many accolades, the credit for which should be given to all the players and of course, the coaching and management team.
The 2015/2016 season coaching structure for the Squad continues to mirror the Senior pod set up. The coaching team is led by Jay Jenkins who is supported by Huw Collings (Forwards Coach) and Geoff Kempt (Backs Coach). The squad is managed once again by Steve Brightman.
The key message for the coaching staff from Director of Rugby ‘Taff’ Gwilliam is to make the gap between the Senior pod and the Development pod smaller which will help to increase competition for selection across the Senior teams.
How this will be achieved?
The game of rugby has changed over the years and we firmly believe that the future of the game at Medway sits within the Development Squad process and set up. The plan is based on the core values of rugby which will not only improve overall individual skill levels and ability but will also generate a real team spirit. This will also help our Squad members to develop as individuals, increasing the value that they place on ideals such as commitment, teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship that they can take with them through life.
The coaching sessions that the players will experience have been used with great success during the last two seasons and players will be encouraged to get the basics right and to improve both on and off the pitch by undertaking self-reflections on their performances whilst being supported with one to one development feedback sessions from the coaching staff.
The Development Squad train at the club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 7pm. If you have never played before and want to learn the game or are a player who has just moved into the area or if you are returning to the game after a break, you are more than welcome to come along and join in. Contact Steve Brightman (07599 217548) for more information.