INJURY may have curtailed Nathan Moore’s playing career but his work in the community has been given a new lease of life after receiving a coaching grant.
A part-time coach in the Gosport & Fareham youth set-up, Moore has received the grant as part of Gillette’s ‘Great Starts’ campaign.
The programme aims to celebrate coaches and inspire the next generation by encouraging people to get into in coaching.
The 31-year-old played for the club until an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2009 saw him sidelined for good.
The injury meant the 12-year Royal Navy veteran, of Pound Close, turned his attention to coaching in his spare time.
With the club’s youth team now expanding to 15-a-side, the timing of the grant could not be more perfect for Moore. And he sees it as a great opportunity to improve his coaching credentials.
‘I’ve always had a passion for rugby,’ said Moore.
‘And so the coaching was a natural thing to do after I finished playing.
‘Getting this grant is massive for me because it means I can push on and move through the RFU coaching badges.
‘The youth club used to play 13-a-side and now we’ve progressed one further and are now playing the full-sized game.
‘It’s really great for the club and for the young players we have coming through because there is a good chance for more people to come and start playing rugby.
‘On a personal level, I can improve my coaching. I can invest that back in the squad here and see if we can find any stars for the future.
‘It’s never going to be my main profession because of my work with the navy.
‘But it’s still something I’m passionate about doing because of how much I love rugby.
‘I’m excited to get started and the grant is really fantastic as it’s opened up so many different doors to me.’
The former Bridgemary Community Sports College student hopes to eventually move towards a youth or colts role in the future.
With the grant giving him the opportunity to improve his coaching credentials, he is relishing the opportunity to help Hampshire’s budding rugby stars in their bid to make the big-time.
‘There is always plenty of talent coming through the ranks wherever you are,’ said Moore.
‘For many players, those colts teams are a step up to a national one team or even higher, sometimes.
‘So it would be great to work with one of them on a part-time basis.
‘I remember how important my coaching was when I was coming up through the ranks.
‘So I would love to have a role in some emerging talent’s career if I can.’
n The 2012 Gillette ‘Great Starts’ campaign celebrates community coaches and inspires the next generation of coaches by providing them with grants to fund their next level qualifications.