Wisbech RUFC’s Jon Turner met England Rugby coaches Mike Catt and Graham Rowntree at the world-famous Twickenham Stadium.
Turner was invited by official insurance partner of England Rugby, QBE, and joined nine other coaches from across the country for a series of exclusive clinics hosted by England’s coaching elite.
Turner was visiting the home of England rugby as a member of the QBE Coaching Club; an initiative that sees QBE, the business insurance specialist, working in partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and its coach educators to recruit and train 2,015 new Level 2 coaches by September 2015. Coming towards the end of his playing career at Wisbech RUFC, Turner joined the QBE Coaching Club to enhance his expertise and skill set in coaching.
“It was recommended to me by a colleague that QBE were looking for level 2 coaches and I thought it was a great opportunity to play a part in something particularly special,” he said.
“I consider myself very lucky to have been given such an amazing platform to develop myself even further as a coach.”
Currently playing for the 1st XV at inside centre, Turner currently teaches Science and PE at Glebe House School in Hunstanton. On the field, he coaches the school’s U13 and U11 teams as well as some of the junior sides at Wisbech.
“I didn’t want to leave the game completely when I stopped playing. I wanted to give something back and, as a teacher, coaching is a big part of my job anyway.”
For Turner, meeting two members of the England coaching staff provided further motivation to follow his dream of coaching professionally.
“It has been truly inspiring to meet Mike and Graham today,” said Turner.
“They not only taught me some advanced drills and technical aspects to work on; but also how coaching is all about supporting the success of the game and highlighting why we play which I think is really important.
“When you’re working with grassroots players it’s always about enthusiasm and what people get out of it off the pitch as well as on it.”
“Coaching is crucial in developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union,” said Catt.
“We need to make sure we have enough quality coaches like Jon to welcome new players to our local clubs and encourage them to keep coming back.”
“It was great meet Jon today and he has all the attributes and passion to become a fantastic coach,” Rowntree added.
“The QBE Coaching Club has been successful in providing the likes of Jon with the next step in their rugby coaching development and we are excited to see more aspiring coaches progress through the stages in the future.”
For more information on QBE’s rugby activity visit www.QBErugby.com