Wayne Proctor the former Welsh International Rugby player has joined Wycliffe Preparatory School and Wycliffe School as Rugby Coach. Wayne moved to Wycliffe after spending time in Nambia during the Rugby World Cup. With a young family, a move nearer home was desirable and Wayne felt that the philosophy of Wycliffe Prep School’s Headmaster, Adrian Palmer chimed with his own approach to sport. “I want the children here to enjoy their rugby, to feel happy and safe when they play and not to fear failure” says Wayne. He also said that the vision for sport at Wycliffe delivered by Andy Naish, Director of Sport, was instrumental in him making the decision to join the School.
He fully appreciates that Wycliffe is ambitious with its sport and employs professionals who can bring expertise in specific sports to develop younger age groups so they are better prepared for the move to senior school and higher levels of competitive sport.
Wayne’s immediate focus is on getting all the boys to enjoy playing, he wants to see smiles on their faces and a belief in themselves as members of a team. Sport at Wycliffe is inclusive and he provides regular communication with parents, and focuses on ‘little nuggets’ in individual performances which gradually build to improved confidence and proficiency on the pitch. Safeguarding is, of course, important, and part of any training session is to teach the boys to learn to make safe and effective tackles. He is also teaching the pupils low level injury prevention techniques helping them to understand the part they can play in this. It is important that all players learn how to look after themselves and that I teach them to try to be self-reliant so they do not get into a situation where they need help to overcome injury.
His long term aim is that all the boys are better skilled, that they develop their confidence and competitiveness and as Wayne obviously has, retain a life-long love of the game.
Any Year 6 pupil can meet Wayne Proctor and the rest of the Wycliffe Sports Professionals on Monday 27 November 9.30 – 3.00 pm for a Sports Open Day, where girls and boys can enjoy and participate in a range of sports including Tennis, Football, Hockey, Squash, Fencing, Rugby, PE/Swimming and Netball – supported by many external clubs including Gloucester Rugby and Cheltenham Town Football Club.
About Wayne Proctor
A former Welsh schools international athlete, Wayne Proctor represented Wales at the 110m hurdles whilst a student at Cardigan Secondary School. Wayne is still the current record holder for the most tries in the Welsh league and record try scorer for Llanelli RFC. He is the third highest points scorer for the Scarlets with 872. Having studied sports science at Pembrokeshire College, Proctor for many years held the position of Fitness Coach to the Llanelli Scarlets. Proctor was formerly Fitness coach for the Wales under 21’s squad and fitness coach for the Wales Sevens Squad.
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