Aspiring coach meets England rugby coaches at Twickenham training day
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A teenage rugby coach met England boss Stuart Lancaster during a training day at Twickenham Stadium.
Max Le Count-Ward, 19, of The Lovells, Emneth, attended the RFU Coaching Club day at the stadium after completing a Level 2 QBE coaching qualification through the Rugby Football Union (RFU), meaning he can coach amateur 15-a-side teams.
The day included a tour of the stadium and a question-and-answer session with former England stars Mike Catt, the RFU’s attacking skills coach, and Graham Rowntree, the forwards coach.
The former Marshland High School pupil is a second-year BA (Hons) Sports Management and Rugby Studies student at Bucks New University, High Wycombe.
Le Count-Ward, who has played and coached at Peterborough Rugby Union FC, said: “After an hour of coaching the players then departed and we were de-briefed by the RFU coaches.
“I, along with a few others, was also picked to be interviewed by Sky Sports and QBE TV which in itself was a unique experience.
“Overall the day was fantastic and something I’m extremely fortunate to have attended.
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“The tips and advice I received from Mike and Graham were extremely helpful and I’ll certainly be looking to implement them into my coaching at grass-roots level.
“The experience of playing and coaching on the famous Twickenham pitch is something I’ll never forget.”
Le Count-Ward coaches the under-16 team at High Wycombe Rugby Club, as well as working for London Wasps and Harlequins, coaching in schools and clubs.
Bucks New University course leader Hugh Mannerings said: “Max has a bright future ahead of him.
“The benefits to him from this experience will last a lifetime, and the skills, knowledge and opportunity he was given will help develop his coaching career, plus having brilliant positive role models in the England coaching staff to learn from can only have helped Max develop his professional skills.”