22nd Mar 2012
England's 50,000 qualified coaches have an extensive new resource to use following the launch of the online RFU Coaching Academy.
Developed with former British & Irish Lions Head Coach Sir Ian McGeechan and actively endorsed by England’s senior coaches, the RFU Coaching Academy at www.rfuca.com provides support for those coaching every level of the game – from children picking up a ball for the first time to the highest echelons of the adult game.
It contains all the materials for the RFU’s three major qualification courses, more than 40 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, foundation units for junior rugby, and an archive of technical material, all supported with rich online video content.
Knowledge exchange is at the heart of the Academy which means the expertise of the RFU’s Sports Science, Medical and Coaching departments is being shared with the game – a holistic approach that adds information about medicine, nutrition and lifestyle to the technical and tactical core.
The online platform also allows coaches to plan and manage their own sessions and enables the Coaching Academy team to respond quickly by sharing the latest innovations with an active online community.
“Supporting and developing our 50,000 coaches will create better and more enjoyable game for everyone at every level,” said Gary Henderson, the RFU’s Head of Game Development.
“Our objective is to improve the expertise of our coaches at all levels nationally by complementing our face-to-face programmes with value added content and advice via the internet. We believe the resources they can now access will greatly improve their performance.
“Hosting the next Rugby World Cup offers a tremendous opportunity for the continued long-term growth of our sport. We want to make sure rugby is ready for 2015 and the Coaching Academy will play an important role in achieving that goal.”
The Coaching Academy resources also underpin the free RFU Coach Licensing programme being rolled out nationally next season.
Maintaining licensed status gives access to a wealth of resources and the only requirement is for coaches to complete three CPD modules over a three-year period.
“We’ve been investigating the potential for a coach licensing process over the last two seasons regionally and the feedback we’ve had has been positive and constructive,” said Henderson.
“One of the reasons for that is the development of more than 40 CPD modules to help grow expertise of coaches in specific areas and being able to promote and share that online in the Coaching Academy enhances a very positive process.”