Just 24 hours after successfully taking charge of his first Super League game, Luke Robinson was back to being an assistant coach for an under-6s team.
The day after steering Huddersfield to a much-needed 29-6 win over Wakefield, Robinson was out on the fields of Siddal near Halifax helping out with son Keane’s training.
The 36-year-old has been coaching at his old amateur club since bursting onto the Super League scene with Wigan, initially with their open age side.
Now he coaches all three of his son’s age groups – though commitments mean he acts as a number two rather than the head caretaker role he currently has with the Giants.
“A few of the parents at Siddal were asking if I’d come down to get a few ideas tactically and technically on Friday,” Robinson laughed.
“With the Tykes – which is kids that are four, five and six – it’s tying shoelaces, wiping noses and toilet breaks more than anything else. I’ve started tying them in treble knots so they can’t come undone again!
“But it’s about playing fun games and making sure they enjoy it – they should come to training with a big smile on their face and leave with a bigger one.”
Robinson – who received a text from previous Giants coach Simon Woolford shortly after Thursday’s win – has thrown his hat into the ring for the Huddersfield job on a permanent basis.
He insists he will continue to help out with sons Leo’s under-10s and Blake’s under-7s as well if that becomes reality – and believes there are some coaching approaches he can combine between the two worlds of Super League and junior rugby.
Robinson added: “Professional rugby league is about winning – it’s all about that bottom line and I’m no different. But sometimes I think we’ve all got to remember the reasons we originally started playing the game, and that was that element of enjoyment.
“It’s quite common in rugby league, but five or six of my best friends now all played in that under-7s Siddal team together. That’s the sort of relationships the sport builds.
“If you can build a disciplined, winning culture at a club but also combine a bit of fun, I find that brings the best out of the players.
“The other transferrable skill is man management when you’re dealing with parents – the kids are always brilliant, it’s harder to keep the parents happy.”