In an impressive milestone for developing grassroots rugby as we build up to the game’s showpiece – but more importantly looking beyond the Rugby World Cup – QBE has succeeded in its target of recruiting and training 2,015 new Level 2 rugby coaches ahead of the Tournament.
QBE, England Rugby’s insurance partner, established the QBE Coaching Club to ensure the game in England has enough quality coaches to welcome new players and encourage them to stay within the sport.
Watch the video to see the story of the initiative:
As a proud recipient of the coaching license last year, yours truly can vouch for it being an excellent programme. The level of detail is superb and, far from just being about the drills and skills necessary to play the game, the course focuses a lot of time teaching new coaches to instill the values that sets rugby apart from other sports.
Everyone loves a stat or two, so … thanks to QBE’s investment, the initiative has increased the number of Level 2 coaches in England by 25%, while the 2,015 coaches trained through the QBE Coaching Club will positively impact 50,000 players across the country. Over the next four years over one million [yes one million] hours of coaching will be delivered by QBE coaches and if this were being paid for it would equate to £20 million. And 96% of coaches work alongside other coaches, so it is expected that there will be a knowledge transfer from the 2,015 QBE coaches to over 4,000 other coaches across the country, increasing the overall impact of the QBE Coaching Club on community rugby.
Commenting on the success of the initiatve, England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster [who knows a thing or two about coaching the game] said “The 2,015 QBE new coaches will have a fundamental impact on grassroots rugby in this country. It’s a fantastic initiative and an incredible legacy to leave.”
Hannah Haywood, a QBE coach said “Coaching has always been a passion of mine. I decided to take the QBE Coaching Club course when the ladies team at my local club were struggling to find a coach. I decided to become qualified and coach the team myself. The 2,015 for 2015 initiative is great. Coaching courses can be expensive, especially as so many have an upfront cost. As the course has been funded by QBE Insurance, it means it’s so much more accessible to those who would like to learn how to coach and help teach the next generation of players.”
Although the 2,015 target has been surpassed, there can never be too many rugby coaches so anyone interested in becoming a coach can head to the RFU site http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/coaches/ to sign up.