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16 Apr 2021 120

RFL and UK Coaching collaborate to develop new generation of female coaches

A new female coaching pathway programme for rugby league has been launched today (16 April), as the RFL and UK Coaching aim to fast-track the development of a new generation of female coaches.

The programme builds on the recent progress in women’s and girls’ rugby league, and follows the launch of the game’s Tackle It action plan, which stresses the importance of player and coach recruitment and development, talent inclusion and progression within the women’s game.

Richard Tunningley, the RFL’s Coach Education Manager, said:

The growth of women’s and girls’ rugby league has been a massive success story for the game over the last few years, and as part of that we’ve seen the development of some outstanding female coaches.

“But we need more, and that’s why we are so excited to be working with Jenny Coady and her team at UK Coaching on this new female coaching pathway programme. Applications are welcome from current coaches from the Betfred Women’s Super League, Championship, League 1 and community clubs, and also from current and recently retired players.

“We see the benefits to the game reaching beyond coaching. The programme will focus on leadership and performance, and those skills could apply in administration and coach education as much as in coaching itself. Ultimately, we want more women in senior roles in rugby league.

“We’re grateful to UK Coaching and to Sport England for their expertise and support of this project.”

Jenny Coady, UK Coaching Coach Programme and Pathway Manager, said:

We are really excited to be working with the Rugby Football League on this amazing project. This exciting partnership launch of our UK Coaching Leadership and Performance programme is for the next generation of female coaches in rugby league.

“At UK Coaching, we know the importance of great coaching from grassroots through to podium and that is why we are always looking to be 'here for the coach'. This exciting programme affords new coaching opportunities to these successful coaches whilst they bridge the confidence gap, feel supported and thrive in a sport they are passionate about and committed to.

“The aim is to look beyond this programme as a 12-month experience, and to scaffold the learning and ensure graduate coaches of this programme continue to provide support to the next cohort of leadership and performance coaches coming through. We will also shine a spotlight on the environments of these coaches to ensure they feel supported, grow, and thrive on this journey.

"It will not only make way for more visible female coaches as leaders within the game of rugby in this country but will also benefit development and performance immensely; with new ideas, skills and experiences to shape the game.”

Interested in joining the pathway programme? Find out more via the RFL website.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

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