Communities of Practice Phase 2 event


Tuesday 22 March at Winchester RFC - SO23 7SU commencing at 1900 - 


If you would like to join us for phase 2 please go to the following link to sign up: 




To date and with still 1 week to go 20 club members have signed up for the Phase 2 evening. 


Note:   As with the Phase 1 a working dinner will be provided and some surprise prizes!


Unfortunately, when you sign up on line we do not receive the club that you are a member of!  Kieran and I have scanned the register and believe the following clubs have representation. 


Petersfield, Gosport & Fareham,  Portsmouth; Havant (2); Basingstoke;  Wimborne; Millbrook (x2); Alresford; Tottonians; Overton; Kingsclere; IOW; Andover; Eastleigh?


There are a few names (4) that we cannot link. 


We have good attendance but it would be great to have a few more clubs represented.


Apart from a nice dinner all attendees will receive a nice A4 Managers leather (Look alike) folder!




The feedback from the Phase 1 evening can be found below


This information has set us up  very well for our phase 2 evening which will  focus on the below 4 points.


The aim being to share models of good practise and  identify projects / competitions that can be implemented by Hampshire RFU to support our rugby community.


·         Appropriate Competitions

·         Club Education Links

·         High Quality / Effective Coaching

·         Referees



44 people  representing 17 clubs attended our phase 1 evening. 


How to deal with retention of players from colts to senior rugby      
Management Incentives Common Themes Suggestions
Players Offset membership cost - some give free senior membership to colts Strengthen club link with Universities Introduce U23
Don’t push players up to adult game to early (Club Policy/ Ethos) Help with travel expenses   U21's Competition
Graduated integration and training with seniors      
Senior players to help coach   (familiarisation) Colts & Youth U16      
Use Summer Touch to help  with integration      
Ensure players get game time      
Senior players to mentor colts      
Senior Coach to have a positive relationship with Colts Coaches to  help manage player      
Strengthen links with Universities      
Use face book to communicate with players      
Dual registration for students      
Social events that integrate Colts and seniors      
What other Competitions or other formats of the game would your club like to see
Touch Clubs / CB Different Formats Individuals that commented
More social Touch YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Provide more opportunities for teams to Tour 10's YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Walking Rugby YYYYY Better liaison when county fixtures are being played Festivals not competitions Y
  Clubs help each other when travelling with less than 15 players Pitch up and play YYY
  Cup competitions to be better integrated through the season Social U21's & U23's YYYYY
    Competitions under floodlights / Midweek games YYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    U17's Only (with U16 playing up Y
    12 A side YYYYYY
How Do You Liaise with Schools Colleges and Universities      
Club contact to liaise with educational establishment What person is required and who should they contact  
What is the process 
What is current link with Development staff
Club Coaches delivering at educational establishments

What type of coach should it be

What format are they delivering to ensure  players transition to club

Use of facilities What can be realistically offered between club & school    
Share Ideas for Keeping Players in the Game    
Coaches / Coaching needs to be quality Fun but challenging, Player led sessions,  celebrity or guest sessions    
Identify Senior mentors      
Appropriate Social scene      
Appropriate communication methods Use of social media    
Correct level of Competitions Especially for lower teams; flexibility of time    
Facilitate combining club teams with low numbers Is that a club or CB role (or combined)    
Quality playing / facility environment      
Collaboration / communication between Senior and Colts coaches      
What does your club do to minimise the effect of injuries on player retention      
Access to medical or Physio support for youth players Some clubs do it well others not so good    
More guidance required on prehab, re hab and conditioning Prevention is better than cure    
Ensure coaches are delivering correct techniques This was mentioned numerous  time    
Encourage injured players to support in admin / support roles to keep interest      
While injured communication is still key      
Ensure your facilities and equipment are safe      
First aiders should be appropriate qualified      
How do we get more referees in the game    
Targeted recruitment of current and ex senior players      
Players to referee within the club training environment      
Club Referee societies Older Juniors to referee younger age groups,  they need courses
and mentoring to make it work
Hampshire Referee Society Academy Include incentives, Stash & mentoring to make the best Youth referees
feel special
Society Road Show to encourage cluster referee support & recruitment      
More course availability Free of charge?    
Payment for referee (This came up on 8 occasions)      

Kind regards


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