Yorkshire Carnegie this week commenced in the delivery of a knowledge sharing initiative designed to generate new thinking and discussions amongst club and school coaches across the county as part of a wider coach development programme.

The project, that will be rolled out through the England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDPP) in collaboration with Yorkshire County RFU will be aimed at coaches at clubs and schools and there are elements within the sessions that are relevant to all age groups however it is aimed more around the U12-U18 age groups.

The topics that have been selected for initial roll out have been identified through conversations with club and school coaches across the county, as well as key outcomes and player traits that we wish to see players developing on the ERDPP and academy pathways.

The “Learning Through Games” session is an interactive workshop focussed around the creation of opportunities to understand the application of technical and tactical theories through game practice. The session includes opportunities to observe the ERDPP delivery to identified talented players from the region, in which games play a prevalent role. The theory of learning through games is to create players who are active leaners, problem solvers and independent players on the field, who can perform and execute clearly under pressure and have developed good Game Understanding. The workshop is designed to promote discussion and offer new thinking strategies around skill and game understanding development.

The “developing speed, strength and power for adolescent rugby players” session is an introduction for coaches into the field of strength and conditioning and is specifically aimed at people who work with young rugby players. The session is delivered by leaders in the field from Leeds Beckett University and further demonstrates the links that Yorkshire Carnegie have with the Carnegie department of the university.

There are lots of questions and misnomers around strength and conditioning, especially in young people and this session aims to provide practical solutions that can be applied in any setting, without equipment that will have a positive impact on player mobility and athletic development. The workshop element of the session gives the opportunity to ask the industry experts from the university questions about the topic and the practical exercises, so that they can deliver elements in their own sessions. Coaches who attend will also leave with a resource that outlines the exercises. This dovetails in with the delivery that the players on the ERDPP programme are receiving for their own athletic development.

Further into the season there will be a centrally held education session built around developing high performance mental skills and the coaches role in assisting players cultivate a growth mindset.
The sessions that are available to attend can be used as CPD events that go towards renewing their RFU coaching licence and the dates and venues are outlines below. To book on one of the workshops please email ERDPP@yorkshirecarnegie.com with your name, contact details and RFU coach ID number.

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Knowledge Sharing

Learning Through Games delivered by Yorkshire Carnegie Coaching Team

Oct 6th   Ripon RUFC 6.00pm    
Ben Lazenby
Nov 5th Barnsley RUFC 6.30pm
 Danny Wild
Dec 7th Pocklington School 6.00pm  Adam Blades Apr 4th Halifax RUFC 6.00pm Danny Wild Apr 8th Pontefract RUFC 6.00pm Andy Rock
Speed, Strength & Power delivered by Leeds Beckett University Nov 4th Northallerton RUFC 6.00pm Oct 7th Sheffield RUFC 6.00pm Jan 4th Pocklington School 6.00pm Dec 7th Beckfoot School 6.00pm Oct 5th – Pontefract RUFC 6.00pm