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Former Chargers scrum-half and now team coach Elaine ‘Monty’ Limond has seen her recent qualification as an accredited Level 3 rugby coach given even further merit this month as the RFU have appointed her Head Coach of their girls U18 Midlands’ divisional programme.

A sports lecturer at University College Birmingham, Scottish born Limond has been playing the game since her own university days, since getting her degree, PGCE and Msc (in coaching) from Northumbria, Nottingham Trent and Loughborough respectively, but why coaching?

“I had done a bit as part of my studies, including 4 months in Canada” added Limond, “but it was when I came back from some travelling and got a job lecturing sport that things took off, my employers offered to pay for my Level 2 and it was all go from there.”

Nottingham Trent was her first testing ground, “I had played at Trent for a year whilst studying for my PGCE so it was a great way to stay involved with them…watching them improve was also a real buzz.”

From there the West Midlands U18 girls’ set-up called, as did an assistant coach’s position with the advanced Midlands’ U18s group and an England divisional coaches role at last year’s UK School Games (helping lead her 7s squad to a bronze medal….”my Dad still hasn’t forgiven me for not coaching Scotland!”)

More recently “…this season I was also asked to be a National Talent Development Group (TDG) coach” – which basically brings together the top 32 players nationally from each age group for extra skills development and support in order to help them make that next step – “…it's exciting to think I may be helping to develop future internationals and as one of four coaches we’re also mentored ourselves, for me by Mike Barnett (former England A Head Coach) which is great for my own development too.”

Inspired by the likes of Vince Lombardi (Green Bay Packers’ multiple Super Bowl winning American Football coach) Limond likewise believes in a firm but fair approach to coaching and player management, “he was creative and had a strong reasoning for everything he did which is something I really buy into.” Combine this with her ever-growing experience and it’s no wonder opportunities have come knocking and as for where they might go? “Who knows? I'm enjoying coaching Camps’ and the elite side of the game right now but if I was to stay where I am I think I'd still be proud of what I’ve achieved and striving to keep improving.”

And long may this continue we say!

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