Fiji’s Gareth Baber hopes to benefit from The Coaching Room involvement

By Machuki Sundaa

Fiji coach Gareth Baber is hoping his involvement in The Coaching Room project will help him improve as a coach and enhance his relationship with the Fiji players.

Baber represent the Fiji Rugby Union in The Coaching Room, which was founded by Jay Hedley and Joseph Scott in 2006 and is based on the concept of Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM).

Its purpose is to train and equip leaders in institutions with the skills to better appreciate and use the diversity of their workforce.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun Baber said: “As a sports coach and leader I am exposed to numerous differing and diverse issues can affect performance. Through the work I have accomplished with Jay I feel that I am begging to have a greater understanding of these issues as well as those strategies which are required to enable an individual and team to rationalise and overcome such problems.

“The focus of this work has very much surrounded my own coaching process and specifically my own inbuilt belief system.”

Baber has been Fiji coach since 2016 and has won the past three Hong Kong Sevens tournaments with his team.

“Through challenging this process and mindset, I’m recognising how my own personality and characteristics play such a pivotal role in my coaching and particularly my relationships with my players,” said Baber.

Meanwhile, Baber was also quick to heap praise on The Coaching Room’s managing partner Hedley.

“I believe that for anyone in a similar position, having someone in your management group with Jay’s qualities, skills and Vision is fundamental in enabling both oneself and team unlock their potential,” said Baber.

Other sporting organisations teaming up with The Coaching Room are Rugby Australia, represented by Wallabies’ coach Michael Hooper, and New South Wales Rugby represented by the Waratahs’ coach Daryl Gibson.

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