MITSUBISHI MOTORS TEAMS UP WITH EDDIE JONES FOR SURPRISE ZOOM CALL WITH VOLUNTEER RUGBY COACHES

  • Mitsubishi Motors in the UK committed to supporting English rugby at all levels
  • England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones surprises five volunteer rugby coaches with a coaching development masterclass
  • Eddie Jones provides unique insight on what makes a good leader

From rewarding grassroots volunteers through its Volunteer Recognition Programme, to supporting England’s Senior and Age Grade teams, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is committed to supporting English rugby at all levels.

With the grassroots season finished and the nation on lockdown, coaches have time to take stock, research, develop and plan for the future. At this difficult time, Mitsubishi Motors continues to inspire coaches and other volunteers up and down the country so they are best placed to support their players off the field and ready to put them through their paces when they return to action. 

With this in mind England Rugby’s proud Performance Partner Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has teamed up with England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones to surprise five volunteer rugby coaches with a coaching development masterclass to remember.

Tuning in from Japan via Zoom, Eddie spoke with the coaches about how their teams are faring during lockdown and discussed strategies for keeping players engaged in the current climate. Eddie also provided unique insight on what makes a good leader, citing the three key characteristics as knowledge of your team and sport; strong management skills of staff and players; and being the most enthusiastic person in your club. Eddie also recommended on-field drills for coaches to take away, ready to use when they can get back out on the field.

A short film showing highlights from the call is live on England Rugby and Mitsubishi Motors social channels, while a recording of the full conversation is available on Mitsubishi Motors’ YouTube channel.

Commenting on the webinar, Eddie Jones said: “It was an absolute pleasure having the chance to drop in on the five coaches and chat with them about their current coaching situation and provide some tips on how they can manage their teams at the moment. Volunteer coaches form the backbone of rugby in England, and any opportunity we have to give back to the rugby family should be welcomed. Thanks to Mitsubishi for organising the webinar and for the ongoing support they provide to the volunteer community.”

Jim Taylor, volunteer Assistant Coach at Haywards Heath RFC who attended the webinar, said: “What an amazing surprise when Eddie jumped on the call – it was a special moment and the smile on my face was huge! It was a pleasure to discuss different themes around coaching, selection and tips for the current lockdown situation. Eddie is someone you can listen to all day, and with his wealth of experience, I instantly knew this would be a big learning moment. I am so grateful to Mitsubishi for inviting me on to the call.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The five volunteer coaches were:

  • Phil Ward – Girl’s Coach, Hove & Newman College
  • Jim Taylor – Assistant Coach, Haywards Heath RFC
  • Maria Crowfoot – Head Coach, Loughborough Students Women's
  • Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith – Head Coach, Army Rugby Union Women’s
  • Marcus Cattell – Head Coach, Bishop’s Stortford RFC 1st XV

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