New partnership for the PRIDE
SGS College American Football Academy, The PRIDE, was treated to a visit from Elite Performance Skills Coach, Richie Gray, Friday 14 September.
Former Scotland rugby international Richie, has a prestigious history within the NFL, working with prestigious teams such as Miami Dolphins. His company, Global Sports Innovation, designs, produces and licences training equipment for the global “Collision” sports market.
Richie provided the PRIDE’s linebackers and defensive backs with his expert knowledge and experience, running the players through a variety of drills using his unique tackling system, demonstrating the positive impact it can make in day to day tackling drills.
After the session, Richie was so impressed with the attitude from the young men that he agreed to partner with the team, leaving them with all the tools they needed to implement his drills promising to return and share future good practices.
“We were obviously over the moon to get a visit from such a great coach,” said Coach Herod.
“His experience of coaching in the NFL and the Rugby World Cup was something we were very keen to learn from. We fully expect to see improvement in our tackling using his system and the little adjustments he made in our technique are already showing up in day to day practice. We were delighted that he wanted to partner with us and whilst a huge thank you obviously goes to coach Gray I also wanted to that the players as it was their continued professionalism that sealed the deal.”