Saracens have changed the face of Rugby success in Britain over the last ten years. Through a unique approach, both on and off the field, with an emphasis on culture building alongside an innovative technical focus, they have distinguished themselves from other Premiership teams. This has led to sustained success, and remarkable consistency of players and coaches over this period.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to discover the essence of the Saracens approach. The emphasis will be on the key initiatives which have had the biggest impacts, and are transferable to the school game. The morning will focus on the off-field strategies that have developed over the years, and which the club believes are the unseen building blocks of so much of the success. Leveraging environment, culture and teamship are the factors which drive successful teams at all levels, and specialist staff will demonstrate how these elusive dimensions can be achieved.
The afternoon will focus on the technical dimensions which are crucial to Saracens on field success. This includes an innovative approach to kicking, ball recovery and defence. Statistics show that these ostensibly unglamorous dimensions of the game have enormous impact on playing success, and have blurred the traditional lines between what constitutes attack and defence. These are the points of difference that have been shown to underlie Saracens success. The club’s specialist coaches will present the statistics that inform their strategy, and guide their focus” “These sessions will be illustrated… These sessions will be illustrated by extensive video, and show the technical and tactical lessons that can be derived from analysis.
This will be a fascinating opportunity for coaches to gain an insight into the most contemporary thinking at the heart of one of the world’s most successful club Rugby stories.
Session One: Alex Sanderson:
Engineering a successful Environment
- The Reason Why: aligning a team’s main motivational drives
- The Intangibles: Altruism and Longevity
- The Tangibles: Data Analytics – Finding the Fix
Session Two: David Jones
Communication drives culture:
- The importance of strong social connections
- Relationships for performance
- Exercises in building Social Capital
12.30 – Lunch
Session three: Dan Vickers
“Getting it Back”
- Practical on-field strategies for dominating territory
- Exit plans; defence into attack
- The importance of the re-start
2.20pm – Coffee break
Session four: Alex Sanderson
“Try Scoring Defence”
- Transition Defence
- B.I.T.E. policy: Defensive Breakdown Policy
- Cycle of wolfness - Strength of the pack