“An extremely formative experience”, says Beppe Moncada, one of the technicians of the Federleague that has participated in the London exhibition, describes the important course for coaches that he and four other Italian coaches participated in a week ago.
In the “chair”rose Ty Sterry, technical manager of the FIRFL Italian National team (Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League, along with his collaborator).
“They were a very intense five days elapsed between the theoretical nature of the classroom and the practical lessons on the playing field,” says Moncada. The participants of the course have not been chosen causally from the Federleague as Luigi Ferraro (for Emilia Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany), Luciano Gorla (Lombardy), Riccardo Marini (for Lazio and Campania) and Matteo Lombardi (for Abruzzo and Molise) and also the same for Moncada (for Tuscany and Umbria), each a representative from one “slice” of Italy.
The intent of the Federation – explains Moncada – is the ability to organize short courses of this type also in Italy and London’s experience will be vital to enable us to convey certain concepts to those who want to “teach” the sport that has the spirit of rugby, but that then stands out and that, in my opinion, it is prerequisite.
The Federleague, in fact, has already scheduled lesions for coaches in the next month in January, probably starting from Sicily. The London course was held in high level structures of Rugby Union and Rugby League and the five Italian technicians were able to observe closely the coaching methods of a women’s selection. «That is really another world – concluded Moncada – but we want to transport the Anglo-Saxon tradition and spirit to rugby league in Italy, whilst not forgetting our sports culture.”
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