Kicking Essentials is a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to developing kicking technique and in-game performance. Designed by Kicking Coach and Sports Performance Specialist Gareth Ashton for Rugby Players and Coaches, it covers the success factors and key points for the most common types of kick, technique and game-based drills, and more. Discover the secrets of the game’s top performers.
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About the Author
Gareth Ashton founded Prokicking in 2006, and has since delivered specialist kicking coaching and education services to rugby players and coaches throughout New Zealand and the world.Gareth holds a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation from Auckland University of Technology, is a Level 2 certified Youth Conditioning Specialist through the International Youth Conditioning Association and is a qualified Speed Coach.As a Kicking Coach Gareth has worked and conducted kicking clinics with players, teams and organizations from all levels in the game of rugby; including various high school, club and representative squads, through to professional athletes on an international level.As a Strength & Conditioning Coach Gareth has also trained hundreds of athletes across a wide spectrum of different sports and levels: from rugby, to basketball, to sailing, and from competitive high school players through to Oceania Championship Gold Medal winners. Gareth was the Strength & Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist for the New Zealand Young Football Ferns to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago 2010.Gareth himself played many different sports, including representing at regional and national levels in Football and Aussie Rules. He currently resides with his wife Leigh and daughter Kalani on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.