Rugby Teacher Development days have seen a significant increase in numbers attending. Around 245 teachers went to the six locations around the country, all events having a common theme and programme. The key messages were the safety and the welfare of players, and the development of a player centered philosophy within schools.


All sessions were delivered by the England age group performance coaches and specialists on player safety from within the RFU. Three specific areas were covered: managing contact and developing players’ three-dimensional agility and their body management skills, coaching through CARDS and encouraging players’ creativity, awareness, resilience, decision making and self-organisation. And finally Rugby Safe, sharing good practice, data and information on the RugbySafe programme within schools.

Kev Morris from Monkton School, Bath said: “The coaches were really engaging and understood the school environment, and also very helpful with their answers to questions. The player safety information was also really useful and gave us a number of areas we feel we can develop over the coming season.”

Dates for the next round of development days will be made available in January 2017.