Max Le Count-Ward

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Date: 7th Jun 2016

Second-year BA (Hons) Sports Management and Rugby Studies student Max Le Count-Ward rubbed shoulders with some rugby greats during a training day at Twickenham Stadium, the home of England rugby.

Max, 19, has completed a Level 2 QBE coaching qualification through the Rugby Football Union (RFU), meaning he can coach amateur 15-a-side teams.

He and other newly-qualified coaches were invited to attend the RFU Coaching Club day at the world-famous stadium after completing the qualification.

It included a tour of the stadium and a question-and-answer session with former England stars Mike Catt, the RFU's Attacking Skills Coach, and Graham Rowntree, the Forwards Coach.

The pair also ran two coaching clinics on the Twickenham pitch before the attendees carried out a coaching session of their own with employees of QBE Insurance Group Limited, which backs the RFU Coaching Club.

The trainee coaches were watched by Catt, Rowntree and England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster.

Max said: "After an hour of coaching the players then departed and we were de-briefed by the RFU coaches.

"I, along with a few others, was also picked to be interviewed by Sky Sports and QBE TV which in itself was a unique experience.

"Overall the day was fantastic and something I'm extremely fortunate to have attended.

"The tips and advice I received from Mike and Graham were extremely helpful and I'll certainly be looking to implement them into my coaching at grass-roots level.

"The experience of playing and coaching on the famous Twickenham pitch is something I'll never forget, and the whole experience should also benefit my studies at Bucks New University."

Max is now coaching the under-16 team at High Wycombe Rugby Club, as well as working for London Wasps and Harlequins, coaching in local schools and clubs.

He added: "The coaching qualification has and will help with my coaching module on the degree, linking general sport coaching theories and concepts to rugby specific coaching examples."

Bucks New University course leader Hugh Mannerings said: "Max has a bright future ahead of him. The benefits to him from this experience will last a lifetime, and the skills, knowledge and opportunity he was given will help develop his coaching career, plus having brilliant positive role models in the England coaching staff to learn from can only have helped Max develop his professional skills."

Max can be seen in action at the coaching day here.

Picture caption 1: Max Le Count-Ward with England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster.

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