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Becoming a Director of Rugby in Independent Schools

Friday, 13 October 2017
North London
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Schools have historically been the only rugby environment in the country where participation in the game has been largely compulsory Recent high profile concerns about the dangers of injury and concussion have challenged this position, and the game in schools is under unprecedented pressure.

Schools therefore require Rugby to have strong visionary and sensitive leadership, which is why the role of Director/Head of Rugby is growing and becoming more commonplace.  However, it is now more challenging than ever before, and being a great player or coach is no longer sufficient preparation.  

This course is aimed at teachers who have been recently appointed to this position, or who aspire to achieve this in the future.  It is intended to help build a stimulating and successful programme of Rugby for pupils of all abilities.


£179 plus VAT per person. Course includes lunch and notes


  • Definining the role and its expectations
  • Director of Rugby - or Head Coach?
  • Leading the school Rugby Programme
  • Dealing with the compulsory Rugby issue
  • Addressing safety concerns with science
  • Communicating benefits to parents and staff
  • Establishing priorities and measuring success
  • Making the rugby experiene engaging?
  • The place of non-contact Rugby
  • Building a stimulating Rugby programme
  • Leading staff, pupils, parents and heads
  • Managing expectations
  • Sports scholarships:  advantages and disadvantages
  • Creating and championing a coaching philosophy
  • Coaching philosophy, playing philosophy - or both?
  • Director of Rugby as an ambassador for the game

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