Rugby coaching course made me highly employable

Blaine Bonnin Ward, Rugby Coaching

Blaine Bonnin-Ward is a rugby development officer with the Leicester Tigers.

About my job

"After graduating from the Rugby Coaching course at the University of South Wales, I began working for Leicester Tigers as a Community Coach, helping out with match day coaching clinics and various talent camps.

"During the 2014/15 rugby season, I became full time as a Rugby Development Officer with the Tigers, my primary focus being planning, organising and delivering the Something To Chew On programme. This is an innovative educational programme where children aged 7-9 learn about healthy living. These vitally-important nutrition and exercise messages are all delivered through the non-contact but incredibly enjoyable TAG rugby game.

"I have also been part of a much larger Leicester Tigers rugby development team delivering International camps in Kuala Lumpur, Amsterdam, Italy and Guernsey, as well as running camps across the rest of the UK. Other duties include taking a lead on the Match Day Coaching Clinics, and coaching with the Leicester Tigers U15s Development Player Programme and squad.

Top rugby course

"My rugby course and the unique opportunities it offered, such as free coaching and refereeing UKCC qualifications and work placements, provided me with not only the qualifications but the all-important coaching hours each year within the professional regions community programmes and with the Welsh Rugby Union which inevitably made me highly employable following graduation.

"I was not only competent, but also effective as a coach.

"Finally, Strength and Conditioning and Sportstec Analytical accreditation (also embedded in the rugby course) have also proved incredibly important in informing my coaching."