When David Krosner learnt of the opportunity to experience professional rugby coaching in the UK as part of the Premiership Rugby Scholarship programme, he simply jumped at the chance.
The 54-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, picked up rugby at college and played regularly at a competitive level for most of his young adult life before calling it a day in his late 30s.
But Krosner, who now works as a business lawyer, decided he wanted to put his expertise to good use and founded the Raleigh Redhawks Rugby Club in 2011 – with the Premiership Rugby Scholarship programme providing a golden opportunity to develop his coaching career.
“I started playing rugby in college. That’s when you typically had to start playing rugby back then because there weren’t a lot of youth teams around,” he said.
“I did play more traditional American sports in high school, but I wasn’t good enough, so I thought I would give rugby a try when I showed up on college campus and I fell in love with the game.
“I played for 15 years, then I took some time away after my career ended – almost 20 years.
“But then I struck up a friendship with the father of my son’s hockey teammate and we started a rugby youth programme in Raleigh which I’ve been involved in for nine years now.
“We were one of the first youth clubs to spring up in the eastern part of North Carolina and now we’ve got hundreds of kids playing here.
“I saw the scholarship programme advertised throughout the rugby community.
“I thought it seemed like a fantastic opportunity having been away from the game for so long.”
David is part of a cohort of players and coaches to travel from the US to the UK for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn about coaching techniques, video analysis and team cultures from those who do it day in day out at Premiership Rugby clubs.
During the week in England, coaches will take part in a Level 300 coaching training course, which will be co-delivered by Premiership Rugby and USA Rugby.
The initiative is run by Premiership Rugby in partnership with the Friends of the British Council and USA Rugby and aims to grow the sport in the US. Coaches will also learn about and engage with Premiership Rugby’s award-winning community programs that use rugby as a tool for social change, covering all methodologies used in these life changing initiatives.
Coaches will gain insight into various ways Premiership Rugby clubs are engaging their players, fans and communities to instil the core values of rugby.
And the 54-year-old cannot wait for the opportunity to improve his rugby knowledge from the very best with coaches from Harlequins, London Irish and Saracens during his trip to the UK.
“The game has evolved quite a bit since I was playing as a student and I wanted to gain a better understanding of the modern game,” he added.
“I want to be like a sponge and soak up all the information I can. I want to learn some of their training methods, how they engage and motivate their players – both at men’s and youth level.
“I want to learn how the different clubs are training and how they are teaching the rules of the game.
“I can’t wait to spend a week learning all things rugby in the UK.”
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