6th February 2020, 14:45 | rfl

Your game, your say

Your game, your say

Rugby League’s most extensive game-wide consultation has been concluded – now the findings are being shared with across the entire sport.

One aim of the ‘Your game, your say’ review was to understand how best to encourage 12-18 year olds to start, stay and succeed in Rugby League, by identifying and addressing the challenges and barriers. 

Several key themes emerged including touchline environment and behaviour, player pathways, competition logistics, volunteer support and communications.

The report details findings and recommendations to address areas of weakness or concern, such as refreshing the Respect Code and embedding the ‘Enjoy the Game’ campaign, reinstating continuous professional development (CPD) as a coaching licence requirement, improving links between schools and local clubs, and reviewing playing calendars across the community game and U18 Academy Competition.

Running alongside the 12-18 Review, the RFL also conducted a comprehensive review of the open age game, including an extensive survey of adult male players and club administrators. Key themes emerging from the review included season structure and kick off times, competition structures, officiating and participation. 

Among the recommendations emerging from the Open Age review are:

  • developing a strategy to assist clubs transitioning youth players into the open age game;

  • developing new competition offers; 

  • increase support for players around injury prevention and rehabilitation; recruiting and training more match officials; and

  • supporting clubs who have lost or are yet to start an open age section.

RFL Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, says: "Taken together, these two reviews amount to the most extensive game-wide consultation ever undertaken by the sport. We are committed to collaboration at levels of the sport so that the voices of coaches, players and volunteers can be heard.

“Those who have taken part in the consultations have been generous with their time, and in sharing their experience and expertise. We now have an action plan in place to drive forward the game-wide work to ensure that we remove barriers to playing and staying in Rugby League.

“Some of this is work is mainstreamed into the RFL’s core business, such as the ‘Enjoy the Game’ campaign which offers practical support to the sport at all levels as we reward positive touchlines and terraces, and take steps to improve less supportive environments. 

“Coaches and other volunteers are a central focus, and the rationale behind the new ‘Our Learning Zone’ is to facilitate the widest possible sharing of coaching education and expertise. The learning zone represents a considerable investment by the RFL and our partners at Sport England.”

‘Your game, your say’ is available HERE.