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Taking the First Steps into Coaching: Embracing New Experiences

Crispin Andrews caught up with three different coaches, including former New Zealand international rugby union player Craig Newby, who have changed career to start coaching. He discovers the challenges they’ve faced, and the experiences that have contributed to their success

People decide to coach for a variety of reasons. But what motivates someone to make the move into coaching, and what challenges do they face?

Following an operation during summer 2011, Craig Newby’s injury flared up again the following season, ultimately forcing the former Leicester Tigers and All Black flanker to call it a day.

Rather than head back to New Zealand though, Newby decided to stay in England and start a new career as a coach. His first job was in a Northampton private school. “I wanted to eventually get into coaching a professional club, the Premiership one day, the highest level possible,” Newby says.

What impact did that early experience have?

Coaching at the school gave me a chance to start applying the knowledge I learnt while playing, learning how to effectively get that knowledge out of myself and over to others.”

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