Personal Testimonials

Graham Henry I have had the pleasure of knowing Martin Stanley for over twenty years.
I was Martin’s rugby coach in a number of Auckland Representative teams. In these teams Martin was a superb contributor both on and off the field; had an excellent knowledge and understanding of the game; and was a talented player.
Martin has always been extremely passionate about the game of rugby and his expertise and experience both as a player and a coach will help many aspiring young players improve their skills attitude and knowledge of the game.
But even more important in the world of coaching; is Martin’s outstanding inter personal skills. He is both gifted at and enjoys interacting with young people. He has the ability to relate in a relaxed and easy manner which ensure that these young people both learn from and enjoy Martin's coaching.
I wish Martin well in his coaching future.

Graham Henry (All Black Coach)
New Zealand Rugby
Jonah Lomu I have known Martin Stanley for over 10 years.

We played in the same teams for Counties- Manukau and the Chiefs Super 12 for a pre-season before he departed to France.

Since those playing days Martin and I have become close friends. He is loyal, honest and hard-working. He is very easy going and with his humor can easily relate to young and old.

Martin is a real student of the game of rugby. His desire to impart this knowledge to others makes him an invaluable coaching resource. He is passionate and enthusiastic about the game and I would recommend him wholeheartedly as a rugby coach.

Jonah Lomu (All Black Legend)
Jonah Lomu
Carlos Spencer To whom it may concern,

I have had the pleasure of knowing and playing alongside Martin since 1994. During which time I have found him to be a complete professional both on and off the field.
Martin not only played at a high level but made himself available to all age groups in a coaching capacity. This has enabled him to develop a good understanding of what is required by players of all abilities, and at all levels of the game of Rugby.
I have found Martin to be very approachable and accommodating in all aspects, particularly dealing with all cultural diversities.
Martin is a skilled and capable coach who enjoys his Rugby as much as he enjoys teaching those to play the game.

Carlos Spencer (All Blacks/Blues/Northampton)
Carlos Spencer
Tana Umaga I have known Martin Stanley for approximately 10 years.
In the time that I have known him he has impressed me in being honest, loyal and hard-working.
He has a relaxed nature and with his sense of humour mixes very easily with people from various backgrounds, young and old.
He is a family man that takes his responsibilities of husband and father very seriously and I wish him well in all his endeavours.

Jonathan Falefasa Umaga (Tana) (All Blacks Captain/Hurricanes/Toulon)
Tana Umaga Foundation

Camp Testimonials

Dear Rugby Fans,
Martin Stanley and his team of coaches from New Zealand ran a summer Rugby Camp Last Year which my son Rupert attended.

It was well organised, informative and fun. The sessions were structured though flexible at the same time. Both Rupert and I welcomed the opportunity to learn from a NZ coach whose attitude and passion were impressive and their techniques and knowledge invaluable.

I am a Rugby Coach myself, and on my son’s insistence I made the time to attend some of the sessions. I learnt some fantastic training routines that show why the southern Hemisphere teams do so well. They are in a different league from us when it comes to training methods and attitude to the game of Rugby; we simply cannot fail to learn from these guys.

My family and I also had the pleasure of hosting Martin for a week. He fitted in very easily and it was extremely interesting to know not only about rugby in NZ but about the culture there also.

My family and I have made a friend and I would strongly recommend any family to enrol in one of the summer camps and also to consider the pleasurable and rewarding experience of hosting a NZ Coach.

JP Loveland
Crowborough Rugby Football Club
I enrolled my son for a week's rugby coaching with Marty Stanley and his team last summer 2007.

It was his first taste of this type of coaching and he thoroughly enjoyed the week, had a fantastic time and learned so much more, not just from a rugby point of view but also about Kiwi culture.

The organisation of the week was excellent and my son was encouraged and hungry for more by the end of week, so much so that he had us enrol him in a further week where Marty and his assistants were coaching later on in the summer.

Marty stayed with us for the second week and was a pleasure to have as a guest.

We would recommend any parent with a rugby enthusiastic child to experience Marty's coaching!

Looking forward to this summer.

Lorraine Pentecost
Dear Marty,

Just a quick word of thanks to you and your team for the excellent week’s rugby coaching in Canterbury.

It was great to see so many skills being perfected, with so much ball in hand. This form of coaching obviously pays great dividends as the players get to a higher level, when all of the team are expected to have good handling skills.

It was also nice to see every size of child being involved with less emphasis on rucking, mauling and physical strength.

I am pleased to say that both James and William enjoyed the training, games and soon got used to the coaches! Hope to see you again in the future.

Kind regards
Graham Oates
Canterbury Rugby Football Club
Booking the NZ Rugby Experience proved to be the best decision I made all season!

The coaches knew their stuff and the quality of coaching was first class geared to the ages of the players and delivered in a way that was both fun and challenging. Not only were the children happy but their parents were happy as well-and every Minis and Junior coach knows how important that is!

The cultural element and unique NZ culture turned out to be a stroke of genius and bonded everyone particularly with the "haka" at the end of the week. It was also value for money. These guys eclipsed any other rugby camp around and we have already booked the NZ Rugby Experience for next year!

Robbie Broadhurst
Happy Parent / Head of Junior and Academy Rugby
Beccehamian RFC
Hi Martin

I wanted to thank you and your team for giving the Tunbridge Wells boys an amazing week of rugby.I don't think Jack has ever enjoyed his rugby more, or learnt so much in a short space of time. You were all inspiring. In Jack's words " they were the best 5 days of rugby I've ever experienced". You and your team were wholly dedicated to teaching the boys new skills,giving them an in depth understanding of the game and the whole ethos of sportsmanship.The coaches were completely professional in all their dealings with the youngsters and that NZ passion and enthusiasm for the game certainly filtered down to the kids.

Jack has attended other training camps but none come anywhere near in comparison to the NZ Rugby Experience. I personally cannot thank you enough and without doubt will be booking again for next year.

Fraya Bing
Tunbridge Wells RFC