Baugh will strengthen squads

Cayman’s rugby squad is going into a busy period and with that in mind, Dan Baugh a world leader in strength and conditioning coaching is here next week.

During his stay from 20-27 March Baugh will be assessing, testing and developing programmes for the national sevens, Under-15s and U-19 youths, but most importantly he will be sharing his wealth of knowledge with the parents, community coaches and national coaches and players so that he leaves a lasting legacy of strength and conditioning coaching.

Director of Rugby Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams is delighted that Baugh has agreed to help out. “Dan was a brilliant player in his own right and is a playing legend not only in Canada where he is from, but also as a professional in Cardiff, Wales where he played for nearly a decade at the highest level.

“Dan represented Canada for many years and in several World Cups and has since gained a masters in rugby strength and conditioning as well as defensive patterns. He currently works with the very top levels of players in the world and has been responsible for the dramatic climb of northern hemisphere rugby at the recent Rugby World Cup.

“I was lucky enough as a representative coach many years ago to have Dan in my squad and unlucky enough to have played against him a few times at club level. He was some sort of player!

“I’m delighted that the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee has helped finance this clinic and very grateful to them as I am to Dennis Hunter and Queensgate Bank and Trust who are also sponsoring Dan’s work here.

“This project would not be happening without their huge support. Dan will be working very closely with Keswick Wright our Full time Youth Rugby Development officer at the Union.

“Kes has shown a strong interest in this area of the game and we are keen to embrace this interest and ensure that he receives the best training as he studies this area for the next several years.

“Kes will be able to deliver what he learns from Dan to all of the programmes – be it community, national and school – on an ongoing basis which is simply fantastic for rugby development here.

“Dan will also be delivering a workshop to all youth and community coaches and any other interested parties on Sunday 25 March from 10am at the Rugby Club and of course there are no course fees so any interested coaches or potential coaches should attend the sessions.

“While Dan will be primarily focused on the national sevens and XV programmes and U-19, Kes will then be responsible for delivering programmes throughout the Cayman Islands. It is our intention that his development with Dan over the next few years continue as well as organised study time at recognised organisations so that he becomes fully qualified and can then teach others in Cayman.”