Club Coach Coordinator
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Player retention is vital to any club and the wider game. One of the major reasons given for players leaving a club, or even worse the game, is a poor standard of coaching. Therefore, a key method of recruiting and retaining good players is to improve the quality of coaching.
The RFU can help you improve the coaching at your club through a range of coach development programmes. The best way to keep up-to-date and informed is to appoint a dedicated Club Coach Coordinator (CCC).
The RFU has produced a concise guide on Club Coach Coordinators (PDF 150kB), but in broad terms, CCCs assist clubs by:
- Being the main coaching contact for the RFU and for club members
- Signposting club members towards relevant coaching courses
- Installing dedicated club coaching boards
- Liaising with Coach Development Officers (CDOs) for localised training
As coaching becomes more popular and increasingly standardised, and with the advent of coach licensing, the range of courses will grow correspondingly, so it is beneficial to have a local and immediate source of information.
With a CCC in place, the RFU has a contact at the club to promote and advertise courses, and to communicate updates in coaching practice. Likewise club members are kept up-to-date and directed towards courses and conferences.
The minimum commitment is that your CCC agrees to be contacted four times a season and undertakes one training conference per year.
Expanding the Club Coach Coordinator Role
Many enthusiastic CCCs have developed the role further, having a real impact on the coaching and playing staff at their clubs. They have achieved the likes of: implementing player and coach development plans; initiating induction programmes for new coaches; starting quarterly coaching meetings; and arranging their own coaching education events.
In many cases CCCs have created their own job descriptions and have impacted on the work of CDOs. Where local needs have been expressed, the RFU has made an effort to meet those needs, with many coach education evenings being arranged at club sites.
While there are resources – including a quarterly CCC newsletter – and some kit, the main benefit for the CCC is to witness the development of the players and coaches – in both number and quality – and share in the success this brings on the pitch. There is also opportunity for personal development in management, communication, presentation, planning, and liaison, even to the level of a regional coaching committee.
Each CCC is an important link between the RFU and the game at a local level, and thus in the development of rugby union in England. The brief description of the CCC role and responsibilities is a basic guide to be evolved according to your needs.
CCCs should make good use of Rugby First, the RFU’s community rugby database, so the RFU coaching department has produced a series of Rugby First usability guides for CCCs.