Jan 27, 2018
Kelly Brown Keen For Players To Gain Experience
Academy coach Kelly Brown has said that it's a great experience for a young Saracens squad to be playing in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against the Dragons on Saturday.
Brown helped Adam Powell oversee two strong performances in November's Anglo-Welsh Cup games, where the team gained two bonus-points and says that to play in the competition is a great learning experience for his charges.
The former Scotland captain said: "It's great, especially for these young guys. For these two weeks they're the focus of the club and all of the meetings and aims are focused towards their game on Saturday.
"It's great, it's a learning experience for them and we've got in general a very, very young side that will learn so much over the course of this fortnight."
The former flanker was a mentor to Saracens youngsters as a player, now as a coach he is able to gain a different perspective and says it's an important time for them to learn the key skills of leadership.
Brown explained: "It's all about experience, Ben Earl's captain and it's a good challenge for him to not only play well himself but he's the leader of the side and is going to have to decide when to add something, what's he going to add and what the message is going to be.
"Max Malins is in charge of the backs, he's a young player but a player who is growing all of the time and has played a couple of first-team games now. He's really stepping up to his role within the squad."
Since his retirement from playing in May, Brown has taken to his role with the Saracens academy as well as dipping his toes into international waters, helping with the Canadian Men's team as well as Scotland U20s.
Brown says he has enjoyed his experience of coaching so far, saying: "It's been great, I've very much enjoyed it, so I finished playing in May and then since then it's been pretty much full on.
"I spent four weeks in Canada, coaching the men's senior team, since then I've been back in here and my focus is with the U18s but I also assist Adam Powell in doing the 'A' League games as well as the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
"For me as a young coach it's great as I've got the experience of coaching the U18s and so there's real focus on development.
"That continues into the 'A' Team & the Anglo-Welsh Cup where there's slightly more onus on the performance, so it's great to have those two sides."