Academy Coach Development Officer

Exeter Chiefs will be hosting a number of 'ACDO' events during this season. These events are designed to educate, inspire and hopefully create talking points amongst coaches in the Devon and Cornwall area.

If you wish to contact the ACDO please email:

An Evening with... Ross McMillan - Exeter Chiefs Scrum Coach

Monday 4th December 2023

This Coach Development evening proved extremely popular and was fully booked within 24 hours. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this event, please email

Coach Development events are first shared with all those coaches who have subscribed to receive details. To sign up, please see the Future Coach Development Events section below.

*POSTPONED* An Evening with... James Cooper - England Women's U18 Head Coach 

New date to be announced. 

An Evening with... Mr. Richard Cheetham MBE 

Monday 22nd January 2024
19:00 - 21:00
Sandy Park Stadium  

Future events planned for this season include guest speaker Mr Richard Cheetham MBE. Richard will be delivering two sessions for us this season (Monday 2nd October and Monday 22nd January) and we are extremely grateful for this. We are confident that all coaches will find these inputs of great value. 

Richard Cheetham is a Senior Fellow at Winchester University; he has a reputation at national and international level in coach education and development with his work ranging from rugby union to canoeing and professional cycling with the UCI. His research, publications and conference presentations have focussed on developing a more holistic approach to coaching as well as encouraging creativity and innovation in practice session design. In 2018 he was awarded the UK Coaching Awards - Coach Developer of the Year. 

For further information about Richard Cheetham see here:

Whilst it would be beneficial to attend both dates, it is not essential. To book your free place at the second event, please click here.

Future Coach Development Events

Further Coach Development events for this season will be updated here.

If you are interested in receiving information about up and coming ACDO coaching events direct, you can register your interest below and we can ensure that you are notified of them as soon as they have been finalised. Included in the form will be an opportunity to input a topic of your choice and efforts with be made to try and provide a session based around this.

ACDO Coach Development General Interest Form

"A brilliant, thought-provoking evening which captured my imagination around creating an effective learning environment during coaching sessions. The ideas were simple to implement but could make a huge difference to the experience of the players. I'm already looking forward to the practical session in January!"

PT - U16 Coach

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