TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

Hi Michael,

Malachi thoroughly enjoyed the NextGen 3 day rugby clinic and I believe he got a lot from the experience.

His favourite things were “tackling practice and playing the games” and I must say he was pretty stoked to get a ball at the end of the clinic!

The coaches were fabulous with the kids and successfully managed the various personalities of fifteen 6-8 year old boys (no small feat)!

I was particularly impressed with how seamlessly they went from one activity to the next. It was very obvious the coaches are highly professional and very well prepared.

My only feedback is that I felt on Day 3 there could have been less revisiting of the skill activities done the previous 2 days and perhaps more time spent on tackling techniques and/or other game playing/strategy.

Granted the group was varied in skill – perhaps you could consider breaking the group up and do a little more advanced game skill development with those capable/interested.

Overall a great experience for Malachi and I am sure he will be keen to be involved again in the years to come.

All the best.

Kathy Neill

Hi Mike,

Just want to thank you and your team for a fabulous 3 days. My son Reuben has enjoyed himself so much. As a boy of “few words” he has been raving about his time at your clinic.

He is so proud to wear your shirt and the Rugby ball he brought home today is invaluable! The story about the morning tea pies is great.

Regards

Nina Jamieson

Hi Dan,

Daarian enjoyed the clinic immensely.

Before Daarian started the clinic he was a player still learning the game and his confidence wasnt all that great – he has been playing for 4 years now and it wasn’t until after this clinic that I have seen a marked improvement in his confidence and how he now tries to play the game.

He or I couldnt give you 1 particular aspect of the clinic that we enjoyed – his feedback after the 1st day was that he couldnt wait for the the last 2 days, so I guess from our point of view just carry on doing what your doing and I would enrol him if you done another. I guess the only negative or whinge I guess that I would have was the travel aspect as we live in Redlands but other than that see you at the next one.

Regards

Paki Rameka

Hi Michael,

Wilson rang me 10 minutes after he left the camp this afternoon, to tell me how much he loved the past three days. He also asked me if I can book him in for the next one.

As he gets a little older I would like him to do some one on one work with Next Gen as he is developing well into a halfback role. I will talk to you about that in the future.

Thanks to you and your team, and we will see you soon.

Hi Dan,

My son came home everyday from the clinic enthusiastic about the new skills he learnt. He was impressed by the background and level of coaching, voluntarily telling us about what his coaches had done. He enjoyed learning how to curve kick. He is not sure what you could do better.

Very positive experience.

Regards

Roberta Dreghorn

Hi Michael,

Jock had such a great time this week at the Rugby clinic, thanks very much.

Thanks again for a great few days.

Cheers

Anna

Hi Dan
Here is some feedback from my boys

Jack Guy

1. What were the things you/your son liked about the clinic?
The Coaches knew what they were doing and helped me gain some skills

2. What was your/your son’s favourite thing about the clinic?
The fun activities – like off side touch

3. Were you/your son happy with the coaching staff and coaching instruction received at the clinic?
Most certainly

4. Any suggestions for improvement for the clinic?
I liked it just the way it was run

Alex Guy

1. What were the things you/your son liked about the clinic?
Taught me a lot of skills and the coaches were experienced in what they were doing

2. What was your/your son’s favourite thing about the clinic?
The kicking drills

3. Were you/your son happy with the coaching staff and coaching instruction received at the clinic?
Yes

4. Any suggestions for improvement for the clinic?
No improvement necessary

There you have it – right from the Guy boys!
Thanks again – they loved it

Liz Guy

I liked how the order of skills were taught i.e. ball handling which lead to tackle. The coaching staff were all friendly and helped alot with training, this it’s a a camp I’d be happy to come back to again.

Alexander Roos and Johannes Roos

Thanks guys.

My son William (9 years) loved the clinic. He loved that it was for 3 days. He loved that he was pushed harder than at other clinics. He really liked that the coaches had a high level track record and the kids were made aware of that at the start. By far the best coaching clinic that he has attended; and as a rugby addict he has been to a few.

AS

Dear Dan, well done on an excellent camp. I have told lots of parents about how great it was so looking forward to more St Finbarr’s parents sending their sons off next holidays.

1. What were the things you/your son liked about the clinic?
Loved the approachable and friendly manner of all staff, Excellent calibre of coaching staff, Awards for players, Morning group talk and lunchtime wrap ups, Opportunity for children to ask the reds questions, Catering for all abilities, Great take home gifts, Photos on facebook

2. What was your/your son’s favourite thing about the clinic?
Oscar got to learn about a ‘new code’ having moved from Melbourne in 2011 with no idea about Rugby. Lots of encouragement and positive feedback has provided him with the confidence to get down to GPS and have a crack this season.

3. Were you/your son happy with the coaching staff and coaching instruction received at the clinic?
Absolutely. very professional young men who did a marvellous job with the young blokes from what I saw and heard from other parents. Excellent drills and game play scenarios as well as importance on warm ups.

4. Any suggestions for improvement for the clinic?
Clinic was brilliant and superbly run and included elements that really helped make it a success with food, sports stars, take home gifts, photos etc?

Overall – a sensational clinic.

Nicolette Spicer

Hi Dan, my son Aiden attended the coaching clinic last week in the Under 9 group and he had a ball.

1. What were the things you/your son liked about the clinic?
Aiden loved being in a larger group and seeing all the older groups also at the clinic. He has only been playing for a year so to be involved in such professional level coaching and being part of the larger group was a real buzz for him. He was also chuffed to have a former Scottish international coaching him.

2. What was your/your son’s favourite thing about the clinic?
Initially is favourite part was the muffin for morning tea on the first day. He’s 8 so muffins are important! He loved meeting the Reds players on the last day and getting autographs. Doing all the training drills was I think the main thing he enjoyed and I think he is now starting to understand how he can put that training into practice in a game.

3. Were you/your son happy with the coaching staff and coaching instruction received at the clinic?
I was really impressed by the level of coaching experience available at the clinic, even for the younger age groups. I think it was great how you introduced the coaches on the morning of the first day and talked about their experience. I could see all the parents were visibly impressed and I think it really set the tone for the three days and Aiden certainly felt pretty chuffed with having ‘real’ coaches.

4. Any suggestions for improvement for the clinic?
I don’t have any suggestions for improvement as I think you have a really great model for the clinics which was evidenced by the participation over the three days. Your communication with me from booking leading up to the clinic was great and all my questions were answered so there was no confusion or ambiguity about what was involved over the three days.

We are really impressed and Aiden had a ball so we will definitely be back to future clinics. Thanks again

Tanya Manderson

“Hi Dan, my boys both loved the clinic and I am sure will be hounding me so they can go again next holidays”.

Belinda Baker

“Thank you Next Gen Rugby Coaching for giving my son the most wonderful educative and fun rugby camp – It was run soo well, soo professional, yet soo fun!!! Lachlan McDonald is having a ball this weekend showing his three younger brothers all he learnt at your amazing camp!

A very warm “Thank You”

Donna Lockyer & Michael McDonald

“Since retirement as a player, Dan has put his energy into coaching a variety of teams to success. Dan and I worked together with Souths Premier Grade from 2008 to 2010 which included the 2009 grand final. Following 2010, Dan spent 2 successful seasons in Canberra as Head Coach of the Tuggeranong Vikings which resulted in 2 premierships and ACT Coach of the Year Awards.

Dan is passionate about the game particularly in helping develop players reach their potential. He achieves this through having an intimate knowledge of the game, being well planned and relating to players in a positive fashion. Next Gen Rugby is a fantastic concept that will benefit both coaches and players looking to take their knowledge and skills to the next level.”

Jason Gilmore
1st XV Coach of Churchie

“Dan’s two years with the Tuggeranong Vikings have been some of the most successful in the competition’s history. The Vikings dropped just one game on their way to the 2012 John I Dent Cup on the back of their previous success in the same competition 12 months earlier.

Since arriving at Tuggeranong, Dan has managed to surround himself with the region’s best coaching and playing stock. The Vikings boast one of Australian club rugby’s most efficient programs, with outstanding recruitment and player development providing a near Super Rugby-strength squad to choose from.

Away from club rugby, Dan was one of the driving forces behind the ACT XV representative side in 2012. He provided his expertise and coaching skills prior to games against Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, the British Army and the Royal Navy.”

Jake White
Head Coach of ACT Brumbies Super Rugby
World Cup Head Coach of South Africa 2007

“I have been coached by Dan over the past 5 years at both club and representative level and found his coaching to be very professional. He has an ability to get the best out of both individual players and the team in order to achieve results. For each player dan’s door is always open and he provides countless individual feedback sessions through video analysis and statistics to ensure each player is aware of their position in the team and gives all tools required to improve.

Trainings are always well organised and constantly varied to keep challenging the group. Coaching is more than a job to Dan and his attitude towards training and his commitment to each individual player is testament to this. With dans help i have developed greatly as a player over the past 5 years and would strongly recommend his coaching from an individual and team prospective.”

James Turner
Professional Rugby Player with L’Aquila Rugby Italy

“Dan McKellar has had a major impact on my rugby career over the last 12 months at the Vikings Rugby Club. His coaching is of a high standard and he always demanded more from the playing group to ensure each individual was improving. The feedback he provided was excellent and would successfully use video footage to reinforce his coaching points. Communication is certainly one of Dan’s strong points. I found him to be an awesome character who understood the playing group. He had an understanding of what the team was going through and knew how to put plans in place to avoid near misses. Dan is a great person off the field and is a great people person.

The professionalism that Dan has as a coach not only fed into the team but into the club as a whole. Dan was the creator and driving force behind the vikings academy programme. The Vrugby Academy is a professional programme put in place for players that aspire to play the game at the highest level. The training is comparable to any professional program with the focus being on skill development, strength, conditioning & speed. Under Dan’s guidance many of the players have gone on to play senior representative rugby. There is no doubt that the Vrugby Academy program and the culture created by Dan as Head Coach is what sets the Vikings apart from other clubs.

All the boys feed off each other’s energy and motivation, pushing each other on the field and in the gym and this brings the club together creating a very tight and unique club. I loved every day of it besides the cold tempertures in canberra i hated…..I wouldn’t have achieved what I have achieved over the past 8 months if it wasn’t for Dan, his coaching and mentoring on and off the field has helped me grow as a rugby player and a role model for others. He has guided me through knowing if I push hard blessings are not too far away.

Now that I have moved on I have achieved a dream goal which was to play Super Rugby. I have signed a 2 year contract with the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Franchise and it goes without saying this would not have happened without the Vikings players, coaches and I will never forget the Vikings community or Dan.”

Pat Leafa
Current member of the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Squad