Recently the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy coaching team and key stakeholders from the club’s partner schools came together for an initiative known as the coaching “Boot Room”.

Yorkshire Carnegie’s Executive President, Sir Ian McGeechan, came up with the concept, with the idea being to have an informal chat over a coffee around what exciting things are happening in the game and how these can shape what we do within the Academy to provide better players for the future.

The first session was entitled “What the Rugby World Cup 2023 will look like and how this shapes what we do as an Academy over that period to provide players with a point of difference on and off field”.  The session was led by Sir Ian, who provided some thought provoking ideas from his time in New Zealand over the summer with the Lions.  There was some great discussion around how the current laws are shaping the game and how the best teams are adapting to them to their advantage.

Mike Ashford, who is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Sport Coaching Subject, currently conducting a PhD in the subject of Decision Making in elite level Rugby Union at Leeds Beckett University has also attended a session.  Mike presented his thoughts on decision making within games and how to design practices around a tactical game model.

Coaching staff from local Rugby Union teams and partner schools attended this session and following this the Junior Development Squad and Academy coaches also got the opportunity to hear from Mike to find out more about his ideas on game decision making and how these can be implemented.

Future ‘Boot Room’ sessions will be held on a monthly basis with guest presenters from various aspects of the game including: refereeing, psychology and body language experts.

If you are currently involved within the Yorkshire Carnegie pathway and/or coaching within one of our partner schools or the county age grade teams and would like to be involved with these sessions, please contact for further information.