7th May 2020, 13:48 | Community
Community Rugby League coaches from Cornwall to Cumbria had first-hand access to the England Head Coach Shaun Wane on Wednesday night, in the first in a series of webinars being organised by the Rugby Football League.
More than 70 coaches of boys and girls teams from the Under-12 to Under-14 age group took the opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Wane, who enjoyed so much success in eight seasons as Head Coach of Wigan Warriors.
Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Chief On-Field Officer, said: “We thought this would be a great opportunity to link our community coaches to Shaun.
“We identified the Under-12s to Under-14s age range for boys and girls as the best place to start, as it’s such an important time in player development. Community and junior coaches are real unsung heroes of the game who can have a huge influence, so it’s right that we do all we can to help them.
“Shaun can identify with them, and he spoke to them about his own beginnings as a schools development officer and a community club coach – the difficulties he faced, and how he overcame them.
“He stressed his own philosophy on the importance of developing young people in more than their Rugby League skills, but also into becoming good people.
“The feedback we’ve had has been fantastic, and we’re looking forward to repeating the exercise with different coaching groups over the coming weeks.”
Shaun Wane said: “As I said when I was appointed as England coach, I love the game and I want to do all I can to help the development of players in this country.
“Community coaches play a crucial role in that, so it was great to have the chance to speak to so many of them. I really enjoyed it, and learned from it – and I hope they did too.”
Paul Noon, Coach of North Leeds Leopards U-13s, was one of the attendees. “I can’t think of many other sports where you can have that interaction with the National Head Coach,” he said. “ I thought it was first class. There were some strong take-home messages that I will integrate into my coaching practice.”
Wane will hold another webinar with the coaches of the Betfred Championship and League 1 clubs later this month, focusing on coaching philosophies and leadership.
To see a re-run of the webinar and access more coaching materials, coaches are encouraged to join the RFL’s Our Learning Zone.
To access Our Learning Zone you will need be registered on both LeagueNet and Our League. You can do this here for LeagueNet and here for Our League. Please note: use the same email address when creating both your LeagueNet and Our League accounts to access ourlearning zone.
If you are already a member of Our League and the email on your account is the same as the one you registered with on LeagueNet you should be able to access Ourlearning zone directly through your Our League account by clicking on the Ourlearning zone icon.