The Academy team are pleased to announce that Paul Turner, ex Welsh International, will be providing 3 coaching sessions for the Cambridge Academy players over the coming months. These will focus on core skills and are applicable for all players, forwards and backs. The sessions will be December 9th (Colts and U17), January 6th (U16) and January 27th (U16, and then U17 and Colts).
Paul had a playing career that saw him, at outside half, play for Crumlin, Newbridge, Pontypool and Newport RFC, he gained 3 Welsh caps in 1988-89. He was renowned for his ability to find space under pressure and kick equally well with either foot.
His coaching pedigree is impressive, Paul is a qualified Level 4 Coach. He has been coaching at the top level since 1990 and is one of the most experienced coaches within the Aviva Premiership having coached at clubs such as Saracens, Gloucester, Harlequins and spending 5 years as Director of Rugby in his home region for the Gwent Dragons in Wales. He is currently the Attack and Skills Coach at Premiership side London Wasps.
When John Traynor and I were discussing the goals of the Academy, Paul was one of the external coaches we flagged as having the type of knowledge and expertise we would like to provide for the Academy players. I saw Paul provide a session at an Eastern Counties Coaching Conference at Kings Ely and was impressed with how he approached the players and communicated his passion for the game, in what was no more than a 45 minute session. We are very pleased to have found slots in Paul’s schedule for the above sessions and thank our sponsors for their support which has enabled us to provide these sessions and the earlier kicking clinics with Simon Hodgkinson.
Although the sessions are focused on providing input to the players they are open for other CRUFC M&Y coaches to come and watch and learn as part of their coach development.
Cambridge Rugby Academy
Club Coaching Coordinator