ACTIVE SPORTS RUGBY
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The Active Sports Rugby programme aims to provide better coaching and competition to young men aged 10-14 and young women aged 10-15, in order that all young rugby union players receive a sufficient quantity and quality of coaching and competition to help them fulfill their personal potential. The benefits for the sport of rugby union include:
- Making coaching and competition available to those boys and girls with limited access to quality school or club rugby Increasing the numbers of people from priority groups, and widening the talent and volunteer base in rugby clubs
- A clear pathway for young people from grass roots rugby to County standard and beyond
- Helping clubs to develop quality junior programmes
- Identifying talented players at an early stage
- A national strategy for the delivery of quality coaching and player assessment Increasing the quantity and quality of coaches, officials and volunteers working with young people at local level
- Support for coaches, officials and volunteers
- A quality assurance programme for coaches
- Accessing Lottery funding to support the development of the game at local level
Sport England developed this overall approach working in consultation with all ten of the participating sports. But each sport has different development requirements, so each has produced its own specific framework to guide the local programmes.
We have invested considerable thought and effort in planning how to make Active Sports work for our sport, and have produced a detailed framework that we believe will deliver the best results for rugby union.
The framework consists of four distinct stages.
Stage One aims to attract those girls and boys who have already learnt the basics of the game, usually in school, and who now wish to take their involvement further. We will provide them with new local coaching and competition opportunities. These will include introductory coaching programmes for players with limited experience, running from September to December for those in school Years 6-9. In addition there will be rugby festivals running from March to May for participants in Years 6 and 7 and girls in Years 8 and 9. All these activities are aimed at enthusing young people and preparing them for clubs.
This stage includes developing and setting up quality junior clubs. These clubs will be developed to Active Sports Rugby Approved Venue minimum standards to fully satisfy our commitment to safe play and equal opportunities. They will provide regular quality coaching so that players can continue to improve their skills and enjoy the benefits of regular competition throughout the season.
This third stage concentrates on the most effective way of assessing the abilities of those Year 8 and 9 boys and Year 8-10 girls participating at local level in schools and clubs who want to take their involvement with rugby further. These young people will be referred to assessment sessions by Level 1 and 2 Active Sports coaches.
Those boys and girls identified at Stage Three as having ability and talent will be put into new Partnership squads between February and May where they will get additional training and assessment at pre-county levels. These squads will also provide inter-Partnership competition opportunities.
We also feel very strongly as a sport that we could be doing even more to attract those sections of the community that have yet to enjoy rugby. That is why we are committed to using Active Sports as a way of targeting those groups that are under-represented in our sport, especially young women and those from disadvantaged areas. Our programme is now in place and we have trained development teams on hand around the country to ensure that our Rugby Action Groups have everything they need to implement Active Sports.