Rugby in the prep sector is facing unprecedented pressure, with safety concerns causing some parents to be reluctant for their children to participate in the game. This causes inevitable challenges for the games programme, where historic compulsion to participate is weakening, and the need to engage pupils to want to play is greater.
This long running Conference is the country’s leading meeting of teachers in charge of prep school Rugby. It is run is collaboration with the RFU, and will focus on what schools can do, on and off the field, to ensure that their Rugby provision is fit for purpose in the 21st century.
This is achieved through ensuring that RFU recommendations are followed closely, and by ensuring that players are equipped with safe and contemporary skills. It is also vital that the game is presented in an engaging way to stimulate young players to enjoy their Rugby experience, and to want to play. The Conference content will assist teachers in charge of the game in prep schools to be confident that they are achieving all of these things.
In addition to the conference programme, RFU Kids First Manager, Adam Cottingham, will be present to answer any questions and offer advice to schools on any issues relating to compliance
This Conference is approved RFU CPD for members of England Rugby Coaches’ Association.
Conference assembles, refreshments
What’s the Future for Prep School Rugby?
This session will focus on the current state of the game in the prep sector, the challenges that it faces, and look at the ways in which schools can modernise their programmes to continue to win engagement from parents and pupils.
Making the Prep School Game as Safe as Possible
Rachel Faull-Brown, RFU
This RFU presentation will clearly spell out the steps that prep schools need to take to be fully compliant with all current safety recommendations and requirements. These change regularly, and it is vital that schools are up to date. Content includes approved requirements for coach and referee training, touchline medical provision, staff qualifications and all welfare concerns. Schools can be confident that if they are complying with all dimensions of this list, their insurers will be satisfied that they are taking all reasonable steps to make the game safe.
This session will also offer an opportunity to question RFU staff on issues relating to prep schools, understand future England Rugby plans and get answers on compliance concerns.
Creating a Coaching Culture in your School
Research identifies that the quality and style of coaching is the most significant factor which determines whether pupils engage with the game, and whether parents want their children to be involved. This presentation will consider how schools can create a modern coaching programme which might stimulate all pupils to enjoy the game, whilst simultaneously developing skill levels and achieving team performance.
Making Tackling Safe and Fun practical
Haydn Thomas, Exeter Chiefs
This will outline the processes and expectations in the event of an HSE investigation into a serious incident. It will outline expectations in terms of record-keeping, evidence of competence and risk assessments, as well as the factors which inform the decision whether or not to prosecute.
Afternoon Practical Demonstrations
Choice of practical sessions (delegates choose one of the following)
Preparing players for the skill set of the future
Haydn Thomas, Exeter Chiefs
This technical session will illustrate the key skills demanded by New Rules of Play, and show how these are developed in young players by the Exeter Chiefs Academy.
Developing Players in a Prep School Environment
This session will demonstrate how prep school players can be developed within an engaging environment, within a modern player-centred philosophy