Leicester Tigers chairman and Team GB’s Gold medal winning assistant coach Rob Tarr will be taking on a new role with World Wheelchair Rugby (WWR) leading the organisation’s coaching education in Europe.
Rob, who is a former player for both Leicester and Team GB, has since enjoyed success in management roles on both the domestic and international stage of the sport.
For the last eight years, he has been delivering a Level 2 Coaching qualification for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) and will now play an integral role in growing the global coaching standards.
The WWR Education programme aims to help practitioners gain a better understanding of the coaching skill sets needed in all aspects of the sport from grassroots to high level performance.
The World Wheelchair Rugby are looking to establish a voluntary Coach Educator/Tutor programme which will be developing coaching clinics for Member Nations who currently do not have this long-term initiative.
With coaching clinics already booked in Sweden and Portugal this year, Rob takes on this new role with the sport arguably at its most popular peak in recent times.
Speaking of his new role, Rob said: “This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time for me. After 36 years in the sport, I finally reached my long term goal in assisting the Great Britain Team achieve a Gold Medal performance in the Tokyo Paralympic 2021.
“I have had a fantastic journey with the squad but felt it was now time to retire from my role as the assistant coach and take on new challenges sharing my knowledge and experience with my coaching peers in Europe.
“It’s been recognised that excellence in coaching practice is vital for the infrastructure of clubs and the development of the athletes involved. I have learned through my experience with GB and the Leicester Tigers that building a quality culture, strong mind-set and a definitive team identity is the key to empowering the players to reach their maximum performance.
“I believe that the Great Britain Team excelled in the Tokyo Paralympics because everyone embraced these specific behaviours and held themselves accountable to achieving the same goals.
Rob will continue his role supporting Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby.