Just over a year ago we set out our Vision “to develop a club that is unrivalled for its reputation for developing coaches and players” and part of that was the introduction of our minimum standards.
I’m delighted to tell you that (with the exception of brand new coaches) all existing coaches have completed these standards. This puts us in an excellent position in our County and most likely further afield for how we provide assurance to our players, parents and coaches and how we develop and secure the future of our club.
Thank you to all of you for your engagement in this process – it’s a real demonstration of our intent and our Values, especially Responsibility and Commitment.
Continuing development is what we’re all about at the Bulls so we’re not stopping there. This season will see the introduction of a new minimum standard.
By the end of this season, all coaches coaching at an age group with the Scrummage in the Rules of Play (U9s and above) will need to attend the RFU’s “Scrum Factory” Course. This course deals with the fundamental safety, posture and coaching of the Scrum and we believe that all coaches need to be able to observe safe scrum engagement and be able to coach out errors. It’s also worth noting that the course is a pre-requisite for any coaches wishing to undertake a Level 2 qualification.
Many of you have already attended this course, which is great. For those that have yet to attend, I will be sending a separate email with details of local courses, including one at the Club on 2nd November. As with previous standards, the club will book you on and pay for the course.
The scrum is a key part of Rugby Union and also a key safety area where we must be assured that coaches understand what to coach and how to identify and correct faults. If you have any questions or concerns on this standard, please speak to me or our DoR Andy Dawling.
Many thanks for your continued support and for the time and expertise you give to our players.