Thumbs up for conference from rugby coach Johnson

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Scotland rugby coach Scott Johnson enjoyed the Border Sports and Leisure Trust (BSLT) Coaching Conference so much that he has already signed up for the next one.

Over 115 coaches from across the region, including 17 young coaches, attended this year’s event, held in Galashiels, and key note speaker Johnson gave it a ringing endorsement afterwards.

“I really enjoyed being part of it. I’m not just saying that to be polite, but it’s the kind of thing as a coach I love being at,” he said.

“I would have come to it even if I hadn’t been asked to speak, and I’ll come in future, because you learn so much from a conference like this.

“I woke up with what turned out to be a pinched nerve in my back, so I wasn’t in the best of form, but I wasn’t going to miss it. I enjoy listening to coaches from other sports and obviously there were some top-class men and women from across the country, and some who have performed at a very high level as athletes and/or coaches, and so it was an event pretty rich in coaching ideas.

“I love the cross-pollination of ideas and how we build and develop. Well done to the organisers at BSLT and sign me up for the next one!”

The event included expert-led workshops across seven different sporting disciplines: athletics, cycling, football, hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis.

In his presentation, Scott Johnson stressed that coaches should see themselves as being in the “people business” and highlighted how his values, particularly those linked to his own family life, have influenced his coaching style. He also encouraged the coaches to look at examples of when “people have not quite got things right” and to use these to help to improve and develop rather than always trying to emulate successes.

All of the practical workshops were well attended, with many of the regions young coaches participating, and the trust has had great feedback from everyone involved.

“It’s a good way to get other young coaches’ perspectives on coaching and for sharing different skills and techniques when coaching,” said Young Coach Programme student Rosheen Nicol, 17, from Hawick High School.