Sam Vesty talks us through his playing and coaching career…
I have worked under some of the best coaches in world rugby during my playing career which spanned 13 years at the top level for Leicester, Bath and England.
Pro Rugby Coach enables me to pass on some of the best bits I have learned during that time to people playing the game at amateur level.
With Leicester Tigers, I won three Premiership titles, an Anglo-Welsh Cup and played in two Heineken Cup finals.
During this time, I was part of the decision-making group that discusses options and decides game plans and that has given me a thorough understanding of the wider elements of coaching a team. It’s not just about perfecting the odd fancy backs’ move.
This exposure to elite level rugby lit a spark in my imagination and every day that I was lucky enough to be a part of it, I have soaked up the hows, wheres, whens and, most importantly, the whys of rugby coaching.
My passion for coaching is not a new thing. I did my Level 2 coaching qualification while still playing at Leicester – and used to coach regularly at my old school John Cleveland College in Hinckley.
When I moved to Bath, I started coaching at a local level with Frome RFC and during this time, I completed my Level 3. Coaching at an amateur club like Frome helped me realise that there was a whole level of rugby players and coaches striving to be better – they just didn’t have the resources that I was used to as a professional.
I finished playing professional rugby in 2013 because my legs couldn’t carry me fast enough anymore. I am now backs coach at Aviva Premiership side, Worcester Warriors, having been involved with their Academy set-up for two years. I have also completed the sport’s final coaching badge at Level 4.