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Scott NZIM Diploma in Management He also coaches the Wellington Sevens team – national champs in 2013 and finalists this year – is involved with the Hurricanes development programme and is also a skills coach for New Zealand Sevens players based in Wellington. “Trying to get the best out of your players is very similar to trying getting the best out of your employees.”

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Scott, who also represented New Zealand in Sevens and played for New Zealand Maori, says having been involved in coaching – both as a player and coach – has definitely helped.

Former All Black and local rugby hero Scott Waldrom is studying management at WelTec as he prepares for the next stage in his sports coaching career. “I’m learning a lot and I’m able to transfer a lot of the management knowledge into my coaching as well. It’s a huge passion of mine. “I’m quite surprised that a lot of the diploma crosses over to coaching – areas such as people management, management structures, roles and responsibilities right through to leadership and motivation.” As well as studying full-time, Scott works at Avalon Rugby Club as the club’s development officer.

“Having that bit of experience means I have an appreciation of the different topics we cover. Now though, I can put a bit of book knowledge into it. For instance, we’ve been looking at different terms and theories around different ideas and I now understand new thinking that can be applied with coaching players.” “I’m enjoying being able to put my knowledge towards something and get a qualification for it.” Returning to study has been a big change for Scott, but he says it’s an opportunity he couldn’t afford to miss. “I wasted a couple of years out of school and it’s one of my regrets. Being able to have another chance and go back has been quite rewarding.”

In rugby, sure, you get your wins, but actually having a qualification behind you gives you a firm foundation for the future.


WelTec 2016 GRAB Magazine