Pellow helps deliver coaching masterclass

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Exeter Chiefs skills coach Ricky Pellow addresses coaches at Monday night's event held at Bodmin Rugby Club

By Mark Stevens

Bodmin Rugby Club was the setting for the first of four Roadshows and DPP Inductions that the Exeter Chiefs will be conducting across Devon and Cornwall over the next month.

Academy staff met with parents and young players, who are aspiring to attend Developing Players Programmes this season. Coaches Marc Dibble and Ruairi Cushion provided information on the Pathway, Education, Opportunities and Parent Support offered as part of the programme, as well as providing some interesting “Myth Busters” regarding the system and pathway itself.

Around 40 coaches then attended a masterclass in skills development with Exeter Chiefs skills coach Ricky Pellow.

Back in his native Cornwall, Ricky spent 90 minutes demonstrating various exercises and skills which the coaches could then introduce to players at any level. Detailed passing drills, high ball skills, line-out receipt and balance skills were all greeted with huge interest, humour and appreciation form the energetic and highly knowledgeable coach.

Academy Manager Rob Gibson was delighted with the first roadshow, saying: “It was a very interesting, informative and useful meeting. The Academy Programme is continuing to grow and develop and this opportunity to go out into the community allows us to connect with Parents, Players and Coaches alike. We can only be as successful as our region allows and we are proud to be able to help local coaches develop”.

The upcoming Roadshow details are below and bookings are essential and can be made through


Thursday 19th September – Launceston RFC

Coach Education 2 timings: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Topic 2: Building and progressing the set piece Scrum & Lineout with Greg Holmes, Keith Brooking and Louis Tonkin

Monday 23rd September – Penryn RFC

Coach Education 3 timings: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Topic 3: Back 3 Cover in defence and transition into counter attack with Ricky Pellow and Marek Churcher

Wednesday 2nd October – Tiverton RFC

Coach Education 4 timings: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Topic 4: Breakdown skills and building a line-speed defence with Julian Salvi.

Developing Player Programme Inductions will be inside for players and parents of the DPP only.

Thursday 19th September – Launceston RFC

Induction timings: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Monday 23rd September – Penryn RFC

Induction timings: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Wednesday 2nd October – Tiverton RFC

Induction timings: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Topics Covering

  • Pathway info (Who is who)
  • Player Induction for DPP
  • FAQ (Myth busters)
  • Why we coach like we do & what
  • Parenting a rugby player (Modern)
  • Education   


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