Sports Coaching Guru Visits College

Internationally acclaimed sports coach Rod Thorpe recently delivered an inspiring training course for local sports coaches.

Rod has received numerous honours for his contributions to coaching, education and sport – including the ‘Services to Sport Award’ from the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee), his induction into the ‘UK Coaching Hall of Fame’ by SportsCoach UK and the prestigious ‘David Munro Award’ from the Directors of Sport in UK Universities and Colleges to name but a few.

Rod Thorpe, who is the Director of the Sports Development Centre at Loughborough University, shared his experiences from around the world with the coaches - based around the topic of ‘Understanding Games’.

The coaches got to analyse and put into practise the ways they coach here in England and look at the differences from other countries.

The course was run to help local sport coaches with their ongoing professional development and was organised by the Rugby Football League. It was held at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus in their state-of-the-art sports facilities and a number of Sports Staff from the College were lucky enough to be amongst the coaches who attended.

Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at the College, said: “The course certainly gave us all food for thought on how we coach, train and practise - and why we do it the way we do.

“I have been involved in sport for over 15 years and found the course very informative. Rod’s approach to coaching is unique. Each and every one of us learnt an awful lot and will certainly share what we learnt with colleagues.”