RFU Coaching Awards 2012
To ensure that our qualifications reflect the needs of the players and their coaches the RFU Coach & Player Development Department continually monitor and review all courses. Prior to 2004 the RFU Awards were a vehicle to deliver technical and tactical information but failed to provide coaches with the knowledge, skills, capabilities and behaviours necessary to develop players whilst keeping them enthused, engaged and motivated . The link with UKCC seven years ago assisted in improving our courses and aligned technical and tactical knowledge with Coaching Process skills – “How to Coach.”
Following a period of research and development involving contributions and support from Sports Coach UK and 1st 4 Sport Qualifications it has been acknowledged that for the course to be ‘coach centred’ it should be placed in the context of where the coaches deliver. The result of this is the Coaching Children Rugby Union course.
Coaching Children Rugby Union - UKCC Level 1
The next stage on the evolutionary journey has been identified by the emerging Player & Coach Development Models. These clearly recognise the ever changing needs of players as they grow and develop and the specific skills of the coach required tomeet those needs. The Level 1 course provides coaches with the knowledge, skills and attributes essential in developing children’s social, personal, physical and mental skills in conjunction with the technical and tactical aspects of the game of Rugby Union.
In order to develop confident, competent, decision making players it is necessary to develop confident, competent, decision making people. This goes beyond rugby and requires knowledge other than technical and tactical. This course will cover a number of important areas associated with child development, including; developing fundamental movement skills and – Confidence, Competence Creativity, Connection (teamwork), Character & caring – The 5Cs - through rugby union.
With this in mind From February 1st, the UKCC Level 1 in Coaching Rugby Union will become the UKCC Level 1 in Coaching Children Rugby Union The course will be for coaches who work with players up to U12 (Mini / Midi) Rugby Ready remains a prerequisite, with attendance at the Tag course recommended Typical delivery will consist of 1 full day (Saturday or Sunday) followed by a period of home study and attendance at an evening module approx. 10 days later with the final day (Saturday or Sunday) taking place 10 days after the evening module. This format gives coaches the opportunity to reflect on and or apply their learning at their club or school and complete home study elements of the course. Course fee will remain at £105 inc VAT