All Blacks manager to hold local workshop

Darren Shand will aim his session at those running sports in our region.

Darren Shand will aim his session at those running sports in our region.

Darren Shand

ALL Black manager Darren Shand will deliver a workshop on Thursday to people who run any type of sport in our region.

Poverty Bay manager Steve Smith says managing a team is often the overlooked role, particularly when things are going well.

He says it is an honour to receive a visit from the very busy ABs manager, particularly as the highly anticipated Lions Rugby Tour is scheduled for next month.

“He is arguably the top manager in the world, let alone NZ,” Smith said.

"Quality management is key to establishing a winning team. This includes managing the significant role the players themselves play in running the culture of the team, both on and off the field. There is always the challenge for management to create an atmosphere where players want to be leaders, while not robbing them of having fun playing the game.”

Smith and Poverty Bay Rugby Union chief executive Marty Davis and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti advisor Sarah Pocock will host to the event.

Mr Davis said this discussion with Darren will be hugely beneficial in developing managerial skills among sports people in Gisborne.

“While there may be huge differences in our various codes there are many similarities in the management roles, and good practice applies at all levels. Darren Shand and Steve Smith will both have some excellent examples and ‘Golden Rules’ for us all to pick up on.”

Ms Pocock said there had been a common request for professional development for managers.

“We see best practice when clubs and codes work together to share quality resources like this, rather than working in silos. We’re very happy to support this workshop so that people who run sport across our region can benefit from Mr Shand’s experience and knowledge.”

Mr Smith said there would be something for club managers small and large to take away practical ideas to apply.

“As a team manager, I’m interested in learning about the culture of teams and what managers do to establish their team culture. For people who run sport, the evening will hopefully provide the little things that add up to making a great organisation like the All Blacks as successful as they are.”

ALL Black manager Darren Shand will deliver a workshop on Thursday to people who run any type of sport in our region.

Poverty Bay manager Steve Smith says managing a team is often the overlooked role, particularly when things are going well.

He says it is an honour to receive a visit from the very busy ABs manager, particularly as the highly anticipated Lions Rugby Tour is scheduled for next month.

“He is arguably the top manager in the world, let alone NZ,” Smith said.

"Quality management is key to establishing a winning team. This includes managing the significant role the players themselves play in running the culture of the team, both on and off the field. There is always the challenge for management to create an atmosphere where players want to be leaders, while not robbing them of having fun playing the game.”

Smith and Poverty Bay Rugby Union chief executive Marty Davis and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti advisor Sarah Pocock will host to the event.

Mr Davis said this discussion with Darren will be hugely beneficial in developing managerial skills among sports people in Gisborne.

“While there may be huge differences in our various codes there are many similarities in the management roles, and good practice applies at all levels. Darren Shand and Steve Smith will both have some excellent examples and ‘Golden Rules’ for us all to pick up on.”

Ms Pocock said there had been a common request for professional development for managers.

“We see best practice when clubs and codes work together to share quality resources like this, rather than working in silos. We’re very happy to support this workshop so that people who run sport across our region can benefit from Mr Shand’s experience and knowledge.”

Mr Smith said there would be something for club managers small and large to take away practical ideas to apply.

“As a team manager, I’m interested in learning about the culture of teams and what managers do to establish their team culture. For people who run sport, the evening will hopefully provide the little things that add up to making a great organisation like the All Blacks as successful as they are.”

Darren Shand will be in conversation with Steve Smith at the Emerald Hotel on Thursday, 25 May from 6.30-8.30.

Registrations are required and can be done on the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti website.

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