Nugent back for more
DAVID Nugent has returned to the Ipswich Junior Rugby League chairman's role.
Nugent held the post from 2011-13, before Terry McGarrigal took over the reins.
In that time Nugent remained involved as IJRL secretary, making it nine consecutive years he has retained some role on the IJRL committee, as treasurer, chairman or secretary.
But McGarrigal's decision to step down form the chairman's role has seen Nugent reinstated.
"It's a labour of love," Nugent said.
"I tried to step away but life without football wasn't for me.
"My son played and I tried being his team's water runner, but it wasn't the same."
Like Nugent two years ago, McGarrigal has found it difficult filling the role with work and family life.
But with Nugent now well settled into his role as a business support manager with Ipswich City Council he can get stuck in. He already has a list of things he wants to tackle to improve the junior game in Ipswich.
One of the first things he wants to see is better communication between the IJRL and all the major stakeholders, particularly players, their parents and coaches.
"I think we've lost our way a bit in terms of communication," Nugent said.
"Like when the QRL might change rules - getting that to the coaches the reasons behind it.
"We need to improve that.
"We have a full-time team offering support but they are not used to their full capability."
Nugent would like to see a fixed draw for all junior grades established at the start of the year, so players and their families can plan ahead.
It will also make it easier for parents to become involved with their clubs as volunteers, knowing when they can take time off and when they are most needed by their club.
Nugent also wants to see more support provided to coaches, who now carry much more responsibility for their young charges than they once did.
"Coaches need to be much more than technicians," Nugent said.
"I want to support them while they bring our children through their systems to be better players and better people as well.
"They need to teach the right attitudes, like being able to take a loss graciously and win without gloating.
"There's also issues around depression and anxiety (in children).
"Coaches are also role models and players turn to coaches for guidance, but the coaches are not always equipped to provide it.
"They need to know how to talk to players and identify symptoms of mental illness."
"Whatever support we can offer in that area we will."
LABOUR OF LOVE
David Nugent's roles with the IJRL
- 2007-2011 - Treasurer
- 2011-13 - Chairman
- 2014-15 - Secretary
- 2016 - Chairman