RFL introduce Embed the Pathway programme in Cumbria
A coaching programme that will bring out the best in young Rugby League players in Cumbria is being rolled out across the county.
The RFL’s Embed the Pathway coaching programme runs from this week until August and will focus on providing coaching support for the coaches of junior players in Cumbrian community clubs.
Embed the Pathway will be based at four locations throughout the county: Seaton Rangers and St Benedict’s Secondary School from the north and Barrow Island and Askam from the south, and will benefit from the support of RFL staff at training sessions for 18 weeks from the beginning of April.
RFL Regional Performance Coach for Cumbria Dave Clark said: “We will be working in partnership with both South Lakes and Cumbria leagues to develop the young players of the future.
“The Embed the Pathway programme is not just about the skills of the game but about how a player’s body needs to move in order perform these skills. Through functional movements, all of the players involved will display these techniques and self-evaluate their performances.
“This will lead to more motivated players, who will continue to participate and have more chance of progressing up the England Talent Pathway, maximising connectivity between professional clubs, community clubs and schools.”
Coach Developer Chris Wright, who also works in conjunction with the Cumbria Regional Academy, will provide continued support at each of the four locations throughout 2014, as well as hosting three separate Development Days.
The Development Days are open to all players aged between 13 and 14 years of age and will run as separate, individual events at three locations across Cumbria – in Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow-in-Furness.
Coaches will be mentored on the best coaching practices for their clubs, and will be given help in producing development and action plans for their players, as well as having access to further Embed the Pathway coaching resources.
“The Embed the Pathway programme aims to increase the quality of young Rugby League players through coaching support in their club environment,” said Clark.
“This will lead to an improved quality of players, by leaving the player in their own environment for longer, with a view to increasing inclusivity.
“More players will get more opportunities to demonstrate their potential through regular, focused, player profiling.”