SKILLFUL: Roger Geldard plays for the Cods at the 2018 Risdon Cup against the Toowoomba Bears.
SKILLFUL: Roger Geldard plays for the Cods at the 2018 Risdon Cup against the Toowoomba Bears. Nev Madsen

Cods calling for coaches

Rugby Union: Christmas is coming... and so is the Condamine Cods' 21st year.

As the club begins to look ahead to the 2019 season the committee is on the hunt for their new coaches.

Outgoing club president Doug McNicholl said the Cods are looking for A and B Grade coaches, while the club's womens 7s side - the Codettes - are also searching for a coach.

"(The coaches) primary jobs are to develop strong relationships with the players, pull together a training program for the season,” McNicholl said.

"The coaches are also responsible for continuing to promote the player culture that we have in the club, and they're a really important part of the club culture.”

The hunt is an annual one for the club, which McNicholl said is important to make sure they "always provide the opportunity for fresh ideas to join the club”.

"That goes to the committee, the coaching staff and the players. So each year we refresh and give the opportunity for new people to contribute,” he said.

Candidate will need to have a Rugby Australia Level 1 coaching qualification as a minimum, have demonstrated people management skills, background and interest in the game and want to "be a real advocate for the ongoing success of the game and the club”.

"Coaching in amateur club rugby often is more about people management skills than it is about technical proficiency because we have a number of senior players in the club that have been in and around the game for a long time and have some really good ideas about game play and the technical aspects,” McNicholl said.

It's shaping up to be a big 2019 for the club as it enters it's 21st year.

McNicholl said they're eager to build on the success of the past.

"We've had a very successful period of time, particularly in the ptst five years,” he said.

"We'd just be looking to continue that momentum into our third decade. The club, we've been mindful of what we've learned over the last 20 years and the importance of building a club that has a great culture, is an attractive place for men and women to come and be part of a community organisation.”

Anyone interested can email codsrugbyclub @gmail.com or call McNicholl on 0439275794 for a chat. Applications close December 24 at 5pm.


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