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Mr Trickey gears up for coaching role with England Touch Rugby side at World Cup

Mr Trickey gears up for coaching role with England Touch Rugby side at World Cup

A staff member at Rydal Penrhos is gearing up for his role as part of a national coaching squad for a prestigious global competition.

Joe Trickey, Head of Athletic Development at the school, will be part of the England backroom staff that will compete at the Touch Rugby World Cup in Malaysia later this month.

The popular figure will join the set-up for their training camp prior to the competition in Kuala Lumpur, where he will be working with those selected with the preparations ahead of their tilt at the crown.

He will be aiming for more success with the English side after they triumphed at the European Championships, which took place at the Highfields Sports Complex in Nottingham earlier this year.

During the tournament, Mr Trickey will be supporting all England teams by leading warm-ups and recovery sessions as well as monitoring wellbeing and fatigue levels each day before matches begin.

In the build-up to the tournament, he has been in charge of the strength and conditioning for the Senior Men's, Senior Mixed, and Masters Women's squads, sending out training programmes in 5-6 week blocks leading up to the tournament.

Mr Trickey, said: “The whole experience with England Touch has been extremely rewarding, and I've no doubt that it has improved my knowledge and ability as a coach.

“I have had to solve problems that I wouldn't normally experience at school, such as how to prepare and acclimatise for a competition in 34ºC heat and ~80% humidity, as well as more creative problems like making programmes that are appropriate for senior athletes with busy lives and little or no access to training facilities.

“I expect to learn plenty more at the tournament, including how to recover from jet-lag, the effect that competition in an unfamiliar environment will have on performance, and how to deal with the pressure that goes hand in hand with global sporting tournaments.

“I'm sure that i'll learn a lot from working alongside an experienced and talented Medical and Sports Science team, as I did in Nottingham last year. If time allows, I'm also excited to experience the culture and sights of Malaysia.”

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