Welcome Kevin West: Juniors Head Coach

Welcome Kevin West: Juniors Head Coach

By Grant Beuzeval
2nd July
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Vastly qualified career coach joins Sandy Bay RFC to breathe new life into the Mini and Youth coaching programs


We are very pleased to announce that Kevin West has joined HKU Sandy Bay RFC as our new Juniors’ Head Coach.

Kevin is a career coach with an outstanding depth and breadth of coaching experience as well as being a World Rugby Coach Educator. Sandy Bay is close to his heart, having coached girls age-groups, the HKCC Men's Premiership team (prior to becoming Sandy Bay) and still occasionally (and maybe regrettably) puts his boots on for the Raiders on Saturdays.

His CV speaks for itself – a full list of qualifications and experiences are listed below.

As Juniors Head Coach, Kevin will lead us into a new era of coaching capability and performance by developing, implementing and maintaining a rugby coaching program for HKU Sandy Bay RFC whilst supporting coaching and player development at all age groups U5 to U19.

Over the past few weeks Kevin has been busy meeting the head coaches and chairpersons of each section with the aim of understanding the current strengths, weaknesses and challenges of coaching within the minis and youth boys and girls’ programs.

The club aims to have all parent coaches trained and qualified to minimum standards and, as a coach educator, Kevin will be leading various coaching courses in the early part of the season. Stay tuned for more news on that soon.

Kevin will on the ground on most Sundays and weeknight training sessions. Please say hello and make him feel welcome.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Teaching & BA
  • World Rugby Coach Educator
  • World Rugby Trainer
  • IRFU Level 5 Coach (Highest level attainable)
  • NZRFU - Level 1, 2 & 3 Coaching Certificates
  • Coaching NZ, Certificate of Coaching

Professional Coaching History in Hong Kong

  • High Performance Coach Women’s Rugby (2016-Present)
  • Head Coach Women’s 7’s program, Hong Kong Sports Institute (2018-2019)
  • Skills Rugby Coach, Hong Kong Sports Institute (2016-2019)
  • Assistant Coach, Hong Kong Women’s Senior Rugby Team (2016-Present)
  • Women’s Premiership Performance Coach, HKRU
  • World Rugby Coach Educator/World Rugby Trainer (2014-present)
  • Assistant Coach/Head Coach, Hong Kong Cricket Club Premiership team (2015-2018)
  • Resource Coach, West Island School rugby teams (2015-2017)
  • Director of Rugby, Hong Kong Football Club (2012-2015)

Professional Coaching History in Ireland

  • Head Coach Irish International women’s XV team (2008-2010)
  • Coach of Senior Cup Team and Director of Coaching - CBC Monkstown
  • Director of Rugby and Head Coach Blackrock College RFC (1998-2002)
  • Head Coach and Director of Coaching Terenure RFC (2005-2009)
  • Head Coach and Director of Coaching Naas RFC (1994-1998)
  • Head Coach Monkstown FC
  • Coach Willow Park Junior School
  • Coach Senior and Junior Cup teams Clongowes Wood College
  • Coach Junior Cup Team - Blackrock College (
  • Head Coach Senior Cup Team Cistercian College Roscrea
  • Coach Senior Cup Team - Newbridge College

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