NRL Coach Education Programs Hit Regional NSW

Updated: August 7, 2018

A number of Coaching and Development Courses conducted by the NRL have been making their way across Regional NSW in 2018. These programs aim to provide information and resources to junior and senior Rugby League coaches.


Canberra Raiders Coach the Coaches Seminar

On Monday the 28th of May, over 40 local Rugby League coaches had an opportunity to gain some insight from the Canberra raiders Coaching Staff.

NRL Assistant Coaches Mick Crawley and Brett White provided advice on coaching best practice to help educate and improve the standard of coaching at a grass roots level in the Region.

Australian Jillaroos Coach Brad Donald also presented and gave special insight into coaching women’s rugby league at the top level.


Southern NSW Coach Development Session

The Southern NSW team ran their coach development HPU session on Saturday June 16th. With the two local junior league competitions (Illawarra & Group 7) bringing their Under 14 & Under 15 representative squads, over 100 junior league players were put through an 80-minute skills session, ran by three guest coaches.

Ex Newcastle/Parramatta Head Coach, QLD Origin and Current Australian Kangaroos Assistant Coach Michael Hagen, Ex-Hull FC/Wakefield Head Coach Richard Agar, and Ex NSW Origin & Australian representative Luke Bailey focused on basic handling, defensive and attacking principles to assist all players in their preparation for the CRL Championships to be held in September. They also worked closely with all the team’s coaches, and offered advice on developing their players during the session.

Additionally, members of the club coach coordinator program were invited to observe the profile presenters in action, and then welcomed to an intimate Q&A session with Michael Hagan following the on-field session, to discuss all aspects of coaching, and to gain an insight into the values in which Michael contributes his success in coaching to over his career.


Newcastle Knights Club Coach Coordinator Session

The Newcastle Knights alongside NRL Game Development held a seminar for the Club Coach Coordinators of the local junior Rugby League clubs at Knights Headquarters. Knights Elite Pathways Development Manager Scott Dureau and Elite Pathways Physical Performance Manager Matt Toohey addressed the group and spoke about:

– Building positive coaching cultures

– Recognising positive coaching behaviours

– Incorporating fun whilst teaching core technical skill and physical conditioning through the use of game related activities, and

– The importance of training and improving gross motor skills through our younger players.


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