The Rugby Football League’s Head of Human Performance, Richard Hunwicks was appointed to the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Board of Directors for a two-year term at their 13th Annual Conference in Leicestershire at the weekend (Saturday, August 5).
World recognised and fully aligned with the Americas NSCA and Australia’s ASCA, UKSCA’s Annual Conference had speakers from across the globe, including; Dan Baker (President of Australian Strength & Conditioning Association), Mike McGuigan (Professor of Strength & Conditioning at Auckland University and Technology) and Jeremy Shepherd (Sport Science and Medicine lead for Canada Snowboard).
Hunwicks, who will still continue his role at the Rugby Football League, was voted into the post by UKSCA members and will be a key figure in leading and developing the principle strategies of the organisation.
Hunwicks has been an accredited member of the UKSCA for the last eight years and for the past five has acted as coach tutor and assessor in addition to his applied commitments in professional sport.
On his appointment, Hunwicks, said: “I’m hoping that this appointment highlights the ongoing work to position Rugby League as a leader in supporting industry coaching standards.
“It will also allow me to further develop whilst working with other experienced professionals and make a meaningful contribution to the associations development from a team sport practitioners perspective.”
In addition to Hunwicks’ Board selection, Dr Ben Jones, who is Research and Innovation Manager at the Rugby Football League and a recently appointed Professor at Leeds Beckett University, was also named as UKSCA Coach of the Year in Education and Research at the conference for his outstanding work in the game, at the Rugby Football League and with Leeds Beckett University.
“This award is recognition for the research undertaken within the game. As a sport, Rugby League has always been open to research and innovation,” said Jones.
“We’re in a great position, with some exciting ongoing and future research projects which supports the development and progression of the game.
“Across Rugby League, researchers and practitioners are working closely to answer meaningful questions, which then support players within the international, elite, youth and development programmes.”