Group Photo, The Coaching Gig, Thriving Kiwi Coaches, Kyle McLean

Why Game-Based Rugby Coaching?

Kids don’t want to stand in queues waiting their turn and doing drill after drill. They want coaches to deliver a fun action-packed experience that captures their imagination. Kids (and us) have an innate love of playing, so 'play' to that.


Game-Based Coaching, is more than kicking a ball out and playing games. It requires skill from the coach to foster learning. This on-line course will support you in building confidence and competence in delivering engaging, fun sessions that actually help your young rugby kids learn quicker.

Why this course?

Kyle McLean, the founder of The Coaching Gig, is a leader in this Game-

Based Coaching, where he has done work with New Zealand Rugby,

Sport New Zealand, and many Provincial Unions, Clubs, Schools and

Coaches. He has completed his Masters (on the topic of Game Sense)

as well as applying principles in the coaching and teaching field. This programme has been carefully designed, which brings a life-time of knowledge and expertise to make a Game-Based Coaching approach easily digestible for you as a coach. 


When you sign up, you'll have access to the 10 modules for 12 months (for as little as £20, €23 or $27 US) , that you can pick and choose from: 

  1. Introduction to Game-Based Coaching

  2. How to get Buy-In

  3. Game Design Principles

  4. Coaching Tackling

  5. Coaching  Attacking Skills 

  6. Coaching Ruck & Maul

  7. Coaching Set-Piece

  8. Scenarios & Game Planning

  9. Questioning Approach

  10. Questioning Contexts


Here at The Coaching Gig, we aim to bring the programme to life by offering:

  1. Regular, tips and ideas

  2. Access to workshops

  3. An open line to ask our team questions


We trust that this multi-layered approach will help continue building your confidence and love for this exciting approach.

Group Photo, The Coaching Gig, Thriving Kiwi Coaches, Kyle McLean

Let's Take Your Coaching to the Next Level

"I must admit I was a little apprehensive about this game based coaching as it's not how I was taught. However 4 weeks back in to coaching with the girls and it's pretty much all I do now. I realised girls standing around in the cold on a rainy day is not enjoyable for anyone including me. I challenged myself to teach the same principles whilst keeping the girls smiling and engaged. So far so good. Girls are ripping in at training and numbers have been great. I just thank you for opening my eyes to a new way."

Kris Falwasser

Community Coach