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North East coaches support QBE initiative

17 April 2013

  • Coaches welcome World Cup legacy programme
  • Enthusiasm as keen as ever in North East

Coaching development has long attracted an enthusiastic audience in the North East and that trend was evident recently when the first of a series of Level 2 courses was held at Gosforth Academy in Newcastle.

The session was the first in the QBE Coaching Club programme, sponsored by the business insurance specialist, which has targeted the recruitment and training of 2015 new Level 2 coaches in time for the Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted by the RFU in 2015.

The first of three sessions was attended by 27 coaches from across Durham and Northumberland and will be followed by further courses at Sheffield Tigers RFC, which is already fully subscribed, and at Penrith RFC (June 23, July 7 and July 21).

“We were very pleased with the response to the opening session and the way the coaches who attended approached the learning process,” said Alan Moses, training manager for Area 6, which embraces the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire.”

“The Rugby World Cup is a huge opportunity for us to grow the game and coaching is one of the most crucial factors in creating a sustained legacy. It’s important we build this capacity in communities across England now and that opening Gosforth session underlined what a receptive, high-calibre group we are working with.”

One of the key elements of the QBE Coaching Club is the provision of a consistent approach and to take a holistic approach, equipping coaches with both the practical and personal skills needed to develop players both on and off the pitch.

Criteria for applications are UK residency, membership of an RFU affiliated club, experience of coaching 15-a-side rugby at a club, school, college or university at 15+ level and previous attendance at Rugby Ready and Scrum Factory coaching sessions.

For more information about joining the QBE Coaching Club, visit or email