Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear has joined a very elite group of coaches by enrolling upon the Level 4 coaching certificate and he says the British coaching scene is in a healthy state.
The RFL is one of only five sports to receive UKCC Level 4 endorsement alongside Hockey, Basketball, Squash and Table Tennis and coaches who successfully complete the course will also earn a Post-Graduate Diploma in Elite Coaching Practice. No other sports enable their coaches to study for a professional qualification alongside their coaching certificate and with fellow British coaches Daryl Powell, Dave Elliott and Steve McCormack enrolled on the course, the future of British coaching is looking promising.
Kear himself is already one of the most experienced coaches in Super League with a proven knack at getting the best out of his players, but he insists that coach development is a vital aspect of the game.
“We talk about self-development for players and I think that coaches need to have that same mentality,” said the former Sheffield and Hull FC coach. “You never stop learning as either a player or coach and if you ever think you do know everything, then you can be sure you will fail eventually.”