Matt Kidby

Head Coach For Manawatu Under 13

Born: 19/05/77

Occupation: Turf Consultant

Previous teams coached: Been involved in Manawatu Rep rugby over a number of years with U20's (two years), U18's, U16's.

Current teams coaching: Helping with the Kia Toa Club over a number of teams.

Bio: Born and bred in the Manawatu and very proud of my province. I have three kids, Cameron, Blake and Summer and most of all a very supportive wife when it comes to rugby and understands my passion for it.

Due to two serious knee constructions I decided to stop playing early, so I was asked if I was interested in coaching, of which I took up and learnt a lot about people and the game. The biggest thing I learnt was that all people learn differently and need to be coached in such ways.

My philosophy in coaching rugby is a simple one "Skills first, winning second" because if I can increase a players skill level, winning will come. I'm really looking forward towards coaching the U11's this year and seeing the next batch of future Turbos come through.

Matt Kidby