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Junior Development Plan 2018 – 2019 Season

By Chris Barrett

Lincoln RFC Youth Section Junior Development Plan 2018 – 2019 Season

Lincoln RFC Youth Section

Junior Development Plan 2018 – 2019 Season

- Team development plan stating the aims of their team for the season (team goals)
- Player recruitment and retention
- Support and social welfare

- Development and support

Team goals for the season
What the players want to get out of the season

Improving certain aspects of play
Improving fitness
Taking part in a specific festival
Improving on performance against teams from the previous season
Going on a team rugby tour to improve team spirit and experience playing against other teams
Getting to know team mates better / making more friends

Player recruitment and retention


• Flyers sent to all schools in Lincoln and surrounding villages (link)
• School Liaison Officer appointed to build relationships
• Identifying coaches and parents who work in local schools to spread the word
• Attending local / regional events i.e. sports events, Lincolnshire Show schools’ zone
• Greater use of social media – Twitter, Facebook, up to date website
• Use of PR – getting good news stories into the local media (link)
• Sponsorship – Cartwrights Haulage Trailer


• Providing a good mix of training / development and game play in line with RFU regulations and guidelines
• Regular anonymous player feedback sessions, listening to the thoughts / ideas of the players
• Developing interesting training sessions through the use of CARDS or similar to build key skills
• Access to leading coaching clinics (Leicester Tigers confirmed for Summer, also opportunity for Freddie Tuilagi workshops / camps, Rucks n Mauls camp……………..)
• Improve relationships between the Senior players and the Juniors, sharing skills / knowledge, question and answer sessions, key skill sessions incorporating the 1st team players. Implementing the Lincoln RFC training plan to ensure an easy transition throughout the club into the senior teams
• Developing our own coaching staff to the best of their ability and recruiting further coaching staff to support
• Using external guest coaches and RFU to provide additional support
• Implementing club social events specifically for the Junior section

Support and social welfare:

• Use of feedback sessions to understand the requirements / thoughts of the players
• Coach and Club Coaching Coordinator review feedback to support ongoing development plan
• Long term athlete development model (LTAD) used to ensure players are engaged in activities suitable for physical maturation status
• Increase social aspect of the team through specific events at the club or away from the club (Christmas parents and coaches touch charity match, Summer end of season laser tag, games nights? …….)
• Use of peer to peer support / key people within the team who will act as spokesperson
• Identify / reinforce lines of communications for players / parents who have concerns


- Development and support

Lincoln RFC acknowledges that there has, over the past few seasons, been a lack of investment in the Junior coaching staff. The financial struggles at the end of last season and start of this season are improving significantly through a restructure of the board, and moving to a volunteer led ethos throughout the club. The support of members volunteering has made an enormous difference and by everyone helping we now have both a fantastic community atmosphere in the club, and sufficient funds to allocate into the Junior development plan.

In order to improve the quality and quantity of the club’s rugby players, Lincoln Rugby aims to provide a clear pathway for coach development which will support the recruitment and development of coaches. Our aim is to ensure that coaches with the right skills, knowledge and attributes are developed and deployed at every age and stage of a player’s development.

Getting the right coaches with the right ethos and training at the right time is paramount to ensure that players’ needs are met. This is in line with England Rugby and the UK Coaching Framework.

Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union, securing the future and quality of the national game. To be an effective coach, you will need to fulfil a number of different roles, covering the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects demanded by the game.

What this means:

• Head coach positions to be supported in achieving the England Rugby Coaching Award (ERCA) Level 2 for those individuals who are currently a Level 1 Assistant Coach - funded by the club
• Assistant coaches to be supported in achieving Rugby Ready with onward progression to the ERCA - funded by the club
• Regular CPD opportunities throughout the season supported by the club and RFU
• Annual club coaching conference as a vehicle to drive success and development across all age groups
• Access to external guest coaches and RFU to support coaches / teams
• Actively looking to recruit new volunteer coaches and support staff – existing parents / guardians, new parents / guardians joining, retiring players from the Senior teams………………….
• Designated experienced Club Coaching Coordinator (CCC) to oversee development across all age groups
• ASSESS, SUPPORT, REVIEW………………continual cycle of coaching team development, bringing in expertise from both within the club and externally where they are required to further support. High level development plan with individual support plans on a team by team basis where a requirement is identified. Regular training session observations carried out by Director of Rugby / Club Coaching Coordinator / RFU Workforce / experienced mentor coaches
• Use of a coaching group to share best practice / advice, ask for further support – improving communication
• Review feedback sessions with players to understand what works and what doesn’t and adjust training format accordingly

Where does your money go……….
Annual Costs

Repairs and Maintenance £15,000
Licence Fees £2,000
Kit Replacement (Balls, kit bags, post protectors) £2,000
Lighting, Power and Heating £6,000
First Aid and Equipment £1,500
Player Match Teas £6,000
Referees costs £1,500
Bar and Kitchen consumables £500
Cleaning £250
Insurance £3,000
Printing £500
Website cost £300
Tournament Entry Fees £1,500
Coaching Costs £3,000-£5,000
Christmas Function £1,000
Family Fun day £1,000
End of Season Awards £1,500

Annual cost for mins and juniors £46,950
Subscriptions/Membership Fees Annual total £20,000
Annual cost given by the club £26,950

Overall cost of running Lincoln Rugby Football Club £200,000 from 2017/2018 AGM financial findings.

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