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Online Course

New Challenges for School Rugby with Neil Rollings

Online Webinar (attendance at two sessions required): 11 March & 18 March via Zoom, 7-8.30pm UK Time or Face to Face: Monday 14 June, Oxford, 10.00am – 3.30 pm

Dates & Venues

    This is a new seminar, aimed at Heads of Rugby, Directors of Sport, Co-Curricular Deputies and anyone responsible for devising and delivering a programme of Rugby Football in a school.   It is a response to the incremental pressures on the game over recent years, and the uncertain impact of the missed “covid-season” and further unfavourable publicity regarding the game’s dangers. 

    Schools need to respond positively in order to maintain a viable Rugby programme into the future.  This will require a clear understanding of the threats to the game, a strategy to address these and proactive communications before the game re-starts for the 2021/2 season.

    • Assessing the pre-pandemic school Rugby landscape
    • Anticipating threats to the game
    • Identifying the successful school programme of the future
    • The legacy of the missing “Covid-season”
    • Impacts of recent adverse publicity
    • Choice, compulsion and culture
    • Retaining a critical mass of players
    • Collaboration and competition
    • A strategy for the future
    • Proactive communications
    • The role of the Modern Head of Rugby


    This course will be run in person when circumstances allow.  Until then, there will be an online version - of very limited numbers - consisting of two, separate, evening sessions of about 1.5 hours each

    Online:   11 March & 18 March   7-8.30pm

    Face to Face:  Monday 14 June, Oxford,  10.00am – 3.30 pm


    1 place £100 plus VAT (attendance at both webinar sessions) or £199 plus VAT for the face to face session in Oxford.

    This will be a live event with no recording offered afterwards.

    Neil Rollings

    Neil Rollings

    Neil Rollings was Director of Sport in four HMC schools, over a 21 year career. He was an ISI Inspector and he now works with schools to develop and audit modern sports programmes and with Heads to appoint Directors of Sport. He is a regular conference speaker, influential blogger on school sport issues, and Chairman of PADSIS.

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