USW student Harry Rumens worked as an Assistant Coach for the Cardiff Blues Women’s team for his rugby coaching and performance degree work experience.
Harry’s drive to become a coach comes from the experience he had coaching a group of boys with limited means while working in New Zealand.
“My coaching role took place over the summer, where the team played a series of regional games. The performance of the team during these games informed the selection process for the Welsh women’s senior squad. On placement, I spent most of my time working with the scrum-halves on passing and coaching the team general skills before moving onto a backs coach role.
The opportunity to work with Cardiff Blues Women stemmed from a prior work placement I’d undertaken with Coleg Y Cymoedd. The coaches I worked with at the college recommended me to Darren Bool, the Head Coach for Cardiff Blues Women. Previously I’d worked on regional projects with youth players, so this was a chance to work at senior level.
Coaching is something I've done for a long time. I started from the age of thirteen at Woodroffe School, where I loved teaching skills to players and seeing their development over time. Before starting my rugby coaching and performance degree, I lived in New Zealand for a year, where I coached in a school for boys with limited means. The experience was unforgettable and influenced my decision to study at USW, with the intent to broaden my rugby coaching abilities and follow a potential career path into coaching or teaching.
Through undertaking work placements, I’ve been able to apply the knowledge and skills I’ve gained, from the BA (Hons) Rugby Coaching and Performance, to real-world environments. I’ve also been able to experience coaching from grassroots to elite level.
During my time at Coleg Y Cymoedd, I worked with the first and development teams as a coaching intern. The role was similar to my experience with Cardiff Blues, developing skills and working particularly with the scrum-halves. The experience was highly successful in terms of working with the college and team and seeing players progress over my two-year placement.
It’s the tireless work of the rugby coaching and performance staff that make the Rugby Coaching and Performance course so successful and enjoyable. I would like to acknowledge Dean Parsons, Ben Daniels, Ioan Paval and Stuart Jarvis amongst other staff, for their continued help and support at USW. Also, a massive thank you to Tom Cole for his valuable work with the rugby cohort at USW. I wish him all the best in his new role with Welsh Athletics.”