RFL work with BME & faith communities
The RFL is working alongside local Rugby League clubs to develop links with faith forum and community workers engaging with BME communities as part of its equalities agenda to overcome barriers to participation and create a welcoming environment for everyone whatever their race, religion, faith or belief.
As part of this scheme a number of religious and community leaders were invited to watch the recent Carnegie World Club Challenge match at Elland Road. For many it was their first match and proved with to be a huge success.
Such an enjoyable experience has sparked a real enthusiasm for the game with the guests who are now keen to work with their local clubs to introduce Rugby League into their communities.
To help do this, the RFL is offering members of faith and black and ethnic minority communities the opportunity to apply for a number of free of charge places on a Level 1 coaching course.
The course, which takes place in Leeds on May 17 & 24, will offers those signing up the chance to become a qualified Rugby League Coach and as part of the initiative each participant will be allocated a mentor to support their training.
Sarah Williams, the RFL’s Equity and Diversity Manager, said: “The purpose of the free Level One Coaching initiative is to reach these under-represented groups and encourage them to be involved in our game.
“As part of the RFL’s aim to increase participation through the RFL Business Plan we plan to target BME and faith communities. This free coaching course complements the work we are currently undertaking with a number of clubs based in areas with large BME and faith communities to increase dialogue between the clubs and the communities.
“We are hopeful that this will increase involvement of people from such communities in the game be that as players, coaches or simply spectators.”
The Level 1 Coaching Course is designed for adults who are looking for an introduction to working with groups of adults, junior Rugby League teams, or for parents of children in junior teams who want to get more involved.
The course provides an introduction to coaching Rugby League and good coaching practices as well as developing core Rugby League skills correctly and safely.
For more information please call the Coaching Team on 0113 237 5010 or email: email@example.com or alternatively visit the website www.therfl.co.uk/coaching/.