Mike Cron with BC Rugby Academy players at UBC
VANCOUVER - Over the last two weeks, the BC Rugby Union and member clubs were fortunate enough to have All Blacks forwards coach Mike Cron delivering insight into the modern professional game. Cron was the lead clinician at the annual BC Rugby Coaching Clinic which saw over 75 coaches from across the province attend his sessions at St. George's School in Vancouver.
During the two days of open forums, classroom and on-field sessions, Cron covered 'Coaching the contact point', 'Coaching the scrum,' and 'How to coach'.
Once the clinic wrapped up, Cron headed for Vancouver Island where he held a session with the men's national under-20 team at Shawnigan Lake School. Sessions were also held with Vancouver Island club coaches in Nanaimo as well as in Abbotsford with Fraser Valley's member clubs.
"Mike has a great delivery method whether he is working with coaches or athletes and this was evident at every session he ran," said BC Rugby Provincial Coach and Development Manager Dave Brown. "He knows his audience very well and his passion for the game along with the technical knowledge and understanding his craft and provided a great environment for coach and athlete learning and development."
Before leaving, Cron led weekend sessions with the BC Rugby Academy participants at UBC. The Academy works with a number of BC's top U18 and U17 age grade players and is linked directly to Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles and offers its members core skill training as well as a variety of enhancement programs with National Coaches and Professional Consultants.
"The comments we have received about Mike have been extremely positive and complimentary which leads me to believe that he touched everyone who went to his sessions and that each individual coach and athlete left with new ideas and a new understanding of our game," Brown added. "Hopefully each individual coach and athlete left with new ideas and a new understanding of our game that will enable them to improve player and team performance at all levels of the game in BC."