Saracens RFC places great emphasis on the Professional Development of its players and staff - the club’s programme has already welcomed the likes of Michael Johnson and Katherine Grainger.

Practitioners in a professional sports environment can often be directive in their delivery (due to time constraints or habitual practice) but the non-directive approach seeks to engage people by - among other things - putting the person being coached in charge of the agenda.

We have been working with Saracens to introduce non-directive coaching skills and analyse their application at the club.

During our one-day workshop the club assembled a wide cross section of participants including the Head of Medical, Head of Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Elite Player Development Coaches and the Player Management Team. 

We continue to coach senior figures at the club with additional training programmes in the pipeline.

The session was a huge success, as it challenged our conventions on how we engage with players and staff at all levels of the organisation. All who participated identified areas and people for whom the approach could be hugely beneficial, and have looked to integrate the principles immediately. We hope to continue to engage Phil and Management Futures to challenge and develop our people at Saracens.

David Jones, Psychology and Personal Development Officer