Rugby Europe’s Training and Education Department held two Level 3 courses last month with Elite Coaching CPD (18, 20 and 22 Jan) and Level 3 Coaching Course (25-29 Jan) taking place virtually.
The two courses were formed through a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help coaches manage their own learning and growth.
The courses were attended by 35 participants from 15 Rugby Europe unions, all of which were certified Level 3 coaches.
From the 35 coaches, there were eight Technical Directors and 17 Head Coaches from various national teams. The well renowned former RFU pathway coach, John Fletcher, was the facilitator for the two-hour sessions.
In the initial session Rob Cliverd, who is a World Rugby Master trainer shared his presentation on the 'Selection Process', before the second session focused on ‘Building a Team Culture' with French Rugby’s Technical Director Didier Retiere.
Rob Cliverd commented, ““It’s so important that coaches can get together and share some ideas around the game.
“The aim was to stimulate some thinking around certain areas of a coach’s role and we tried to give them some ideas to stimulate their thinking and how they could take these back to their clubs and teams.
The response was fantastic, the debates and chats were lively and engaging- even through Zoom……I’m proud to have been part of it”.
The final two sessions were delivered by Training and Education Manager for the Irish Rugby Union, Colin Moran and Brett Igoe from Leinster Academy.
The course received plenty of positive feedback from the trainers and participants alike.
At the conclusion of the course facilitator John Fletcher said, “I was very impressed with the level of engagement and the environment created on all of the sessions."
Participant Marius Tincu, who is the Romania Technical Director added, “I enjoyed listening to the coaches talk, in this period of time we all miss the rugby field very much.
“It's always interesting to learn how other people and unions think and it's a source of inspiration and learning every time.
“I found the analysis part interesting with lots of information that we are able to put into practice.
“One thing is for sure the project was a great source of inspiration.”
This conference was part of Rugby Europe’s wider 2021 Training and Education calendar, with a variety or courses being held for a wide range of skills and competencies.
You can find out more and the calendar of events on our 2021 Training and Education page.