Still hungry and foolish (“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”, Steve Jobs in a famous speech to Stanford graduates)
Hungry; he is constantly seeking new opportunities for modernisation, whether this be improvement or change. With the possession of an endlessly curious desire to develop new ideas, create new concepts and taking inspiration for changes beyond his comfort zone of rugby, Max seeks to heighten entrepreneurship and coaching levels.
Foolish? Maybe, just another word to describe that there is still a child living in him, always open for new adventures, not too afraid to fail, never on autopilot. Opportunities are valuable, and this mind-set is crucial. To have something extraordinary, you have to truly love it.
Max has a degree in coaching and experience in working in the sports, education and marketing sector as well as being an entrepreneur.
Liam Cooper | Coach
'There are two kinds of decisions, good ones and better ones so it's better to do something rather than nothing.'
Liam’s coaching philosophy is all about decision making and problem solving. In a game-sense and guided discovery style he focusses on creating situations where players make the right decisions and more importantly ensures they understand the decisions they are making.
The key is enjoyment, eventually we all do things we love and the more we enjoy the better the results. An ambition to play the game and being on the edgy of madness is where you can see a spark of genius. In order to achieve this Liam aims to empower the players around him so they can lead their performance. He challenges others to discuss and to ask questions because eventually the players have to go out and perform so they need to be comfortable with it.
Liam worked as community coach for Worcester Warriors and represented Leicestershire u20s as well as the 1st XVs of the University of Gloucestershire, Melton Mowbray, Worcester Wanderers and Cheltenham Saracens.
Ryan Forshaw | Coach
“Doing the common things, uncommonly well”.
Ryan’s coaching style is simple and consistent, coupled with effective application.
Simplistic, because his goal is keeping the goal, the goal. What does that mean? The focus is key, which applies to his holistic coaching philosophy. But simplicity, by no means should be overlooked or seen as boring. All sessions have a sense of enjoyment, but are always well planned with a clear purpose.
That ensures that players don’t lose focus on the aim of the sessions and that’s how Ryan creates a sense of accomplishment in every individual.Consistency is absolute key to achieve the high standards he sets, not just to his players, but also to his own person. Making consistent progress is fundamental to player and team engagement. The potential for improvement is limitless, whether that be the team or the individual.Ryan has over seven years of coaching experience. He played under-19 international standard rugby for Wales, before he fully focused on coaching the sport on all levels across all age groups, including working with international teams and many elite athletes. He has degrees in coaching and strength & conditioning.
Mark Toseland | Coach
Mark has coached a great number of different athletes and sports. Beside his vast playing and coaching experiences in rugby union and sevens, he has also developed into a top-standard squash coach and player in recent years.
His openness and strong desire to learn and improve his own skillset, allows him to constantly benefit from others. He loves what he does, which explains Mark’s enthusiastic coaching style. Mark’s coaching philosophy is always athletes focused with a strong desire to achieve given targets.
Mark is a great believer in the concept of questioning, while at the same time he manages to create a competitive scenario that encourages skill development in a progressive conditional environment.
Through his own business background in personal training he understands the importance of mentoring and supporting other coaches as an efficient way to secure a successful environment.
Rachel Kent | Business Development
At the heart of any start-up should be someone who is pulling their hair out over the little gritty details, someone who has a sense for upcoming trends and a great eye for detail when it comes to planning and executing projects. Within the Bamboos this person is Rachel, she is responsible for the business development coordination.
As an ambitious individual, Rachel’s philosophy revolves around inspiring new and developing business initiatives. Rachel is highly self-motivated with a belief that a strong and intelligent work ethic makes anything possible. Rachel’s research background within the power of branding on product selection processes drives her passion for marketing and promotional aspects of new businesses. Rachel places a huge emphasis on effectively managing stakeholders within a business environment, an area which is often neglected in businesses.
Alongside the involvement with 7 Bamboos Rugby, Rachel works for Hartpury’s Marketing and International Departments, as well as within the Student Experience field.
Dee offers a thorough understanding of anatomy, and the interaction of bones joints and muscles that are the basis of the proven physical and mental therapy that is the art of massage.
Dee enjoys working with elite and recreational athletes, specialising in equestrian and rugby, enhancing sporting performance. Enjoying travelling both in the UK and abroad, sports massage enables her to combine these passions.
Dee has been massaging for the elite academies at Hartpury College since 2012 and is the sports massage therapist for Hartpury RFC, also gaining her pitch side experience. Dee has her own successful business Dynamic Human and Equine Sports Massage, which is sponsored by major companies and continuing to grow in the UK and overseas.
Thalia has always been involved in sports. She developed a passion for athletic achievement and how to accomplish it. She understood early that therapy and rehabilitation is a huge part of that and therefore focused on sports massage therapy in a number of different sports.
As a Canadian native Thalia grew up with the sport of ice hockey, but since her arrival in the UK, she discovered her love for the entertaining sport of 7’s. Thalia has great experience in the practical side of the job and the academic area. She is currently finishing her Masters degree, previously graduating with a BSc ESS, Diploma in Human Sports Massage and Equine Sports Massage.
This is Thalia’s second season with the Bamboos. Last year she has been a tremendously important part of the team, ensuring that all players receive the best possible preparation to perform.
Max Froeschner | Art Director
For most of us a passion for rugby and a passion for graphic design seem to be an unusual combination but Max Froeschner believes differently.
When asked to be part of this project, he saw the opportunity of showing how the two worlds interconnect. Rugby is a sport for all round athletes which emphasises on teamwork as well as individual skills and is transferable to the working environment of an art director. Graphic design is primarily problem solving and being able to react on whatever a challenge or a client demands. A lot of rugby clubs, or sports clubs in general, neglect their visual appearance because they feel that is something they can do themselves or not worth going into much detail. Developing such a club is just like a brand, where your ideas and philosophy are being communicated in every business card, letter or sports wear. Having played all codes of rugby, Max has a thorough insight and understanding for the sport of rugby, which makes him the ideal candidate for handling this account.
Max has schooled in the UK and possesses a degree in communications design.