Coach Education & Development


To generate sufficient qualified, competent, current and motivated Army Rugby League UKCC Level 2 Coaches IOT support and develop Rugby League within the Army.

Main Effort:
The facilitation of a Level 2 UK Certificate in Coaching Rugby League Course annually to support the development of Rugby League within the Army.

• Liaising with DTrg(A) Physical Development Branch, ASCB and HQ RAPTC IOT ensure that 1 x UKCC L2 Rugby League Course for 20 coaches is included in the ASPT SOTR annually to meet the needs of the Army.
• Liaising with ASCB IOT secure funding for the UKCC L2 Rugby League Course.
• Liaising with the ASPT IOT ensure the UKCC L2 Rugby League Course is organised and loaded to maximise effect across the Army.
• Develop and promulgate ARL Policy for the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of ARL L2 Coaches.
• Liaising with the Rugby Football League (RFL) IOT ensure ARL CPD events meet the RFL CPD requirements.
• Maintaining an accurate register of qualified and current ARL coaches.
• Drive strength and conditioning training in support of player and coach development.

Definition of Coaching: Unlocking potential in order to improve Performance

Coaches are an essential requirement both to ensure that the sport is played effectively and safely and to encourage participation and promote the game of Rugby League across the Army. As such, they are the ‘lifeblood’ for enabling the sport to be played. Coaches must be qualified, competent and current and approved by the RFL as the National Governing Body for the sport.

The essence of coaching is based on unlocking an individual or team’s potential and / or capability and is performance orientated. It should focus on future possibilities, not past mistakes. That said, no two coaches will, or should, be the same and they should approach their role in their own unique way – operating within the Army Rugby League Vision, Culture and the fundamentals laid out within the ‘Red Book’. Two possible definitions of coaching suggest that it is a, ‘Process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve’ (Parsloe and Wray) or that ‘coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is about helping them to learn rather than teaching them’ (Whitmore). Whichever approach is taken, it is clear that Performance is key. Performance is the combined result of potential and psychology (attitude). The coach’s role in unlocking the potential of both the team and the player cannot be underestimated.

Maj Mark Bairstow - Director Coach Education & Development

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