Jason Lowde’s column: It’s a full-time post coaching this club

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The RFU were kind enough to dump a load of coursework upon myself and Tom Harrison on Monday - giving us a handy 48 hours in which to complete it.

We are both trying to get onto the level three coaching course and there are lots of boxes to tick before you can get onto it.

The work we were given would usually take at least a week to complete and with my job involving a lot of travelling, it was a challenge getting it all done in time.

Both myself and Tom have aspirations to coach at as high a level as possible in the game.

The qualification will probably hold more importance to Tom as he is already working full-time in rugby, but I would love to coach full-time at some point and these qualifications would be a step in the right direction.

You see a lot of coaches at levels one and two, it is when you manage to get your levels three, four and five that you start to get to the tip of the iceberg.

We both have the aspirations to work at a top level but there is a lot of work to put in over the next four weeks to get onto the course.

Sticking with the topic of coaching, it is crucial that as many of our first team players at Scarborough get involved with helping out the youngsters as much as possible.

It is very easy to criticise coaches and their methods if you haven’t been there and done it yourself.

That is why it is great to see club captain Phil Watson and others getting stuck in and helping Tom out.

It is great for these youngsters to see the likes of Phil turning up to coach them.

It makes them feel like an important part of the club, which they are, and will no doubt go some way to keeping them involved with the club.

We’ve got a very tough game against Ilkley coming up this weekend and we’ve had great preparation for it at training.

We had 42 up for the Tuesday session and decided to have a full contact match with mixed sides.

It’s great to see some of the younger players getting stuck into the club’s first teamers and it’s a good way to introduce them to rugby at that level.

I’ve been getting rave reviews about one of our many good youngsters, Rory Day.

At the moment he is one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Vikings and it was good to see him mixing it with the first team.

We unfortunately have Ian Williams and Jamie Drayton missing on Saturday.

Tommy Goodman comes in on the bench and Sam Warren plays at open side.

Tom Harrison plays at 10 with Phil Stewart dropping to the bench.

Paul White continues his comeback with the Vikings.