The first official International IRF Coaching and Referee Workshops took place in Prague, Czech Republic on 22th – 23th July 2015. There were participants from five different countries; Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia and Sweden.
Instructors of the Coaching Workshop were Phyllis Sadoway and Matti Virtanen. They shared their coaching knowledge to 13 coaches on and off ice. There were lots of good discussions and active participation. The participants of the Coaching workshop got new ideas from the instructors as well as each other.
„It is good that the first workshop has now found it’s place and this is a good start“, said Matti „Masa“ Virtanen, one of the two instructors. Mr. Virtanen is working in Ringette Finland office and is responsible for the education of ringette coaches in Finland. „The discussions open the participants eyes when there are so many different ways of thinking about just one simple thing in ringette. You can’t really say which one is good or bad, as the cultures are very different in different countries“ says mr. Virtanen.