The RLEF has announced the creation of a comprehensive Technical Strategy, which is scheduled for implementation in March 2011.
The project, which will be open to all northern hemisphere nations – whether Federation members or not – is aimed at elevating standards throughout the code and providing every participating rugby league governing body with a fully trained and qualified technical department.
Split into coaching and match officials aspects, the initiative will launch with a coaching seminar at Brunel University, West London, between March 23-28.
Delegates from an estimated 30 countries will receive a bespoke Level 2 Coaching qualification and an introduction to coach tutoring during what promises to be the biggest ever European rugby league coaching event.
The second phase will be a tutorial delivered in regional clusters comprising of; MENA (Middle East North Africa), East, Central, West and Atlantic while phase 3 will see further devolution as the new coach educators are monitored in the delivery of the RLEF Level 1 Coaching Course to local candidates in their respective nations.
The match officials project will run over two stages, the first following the same seminar format and at Brunel between May 19-22.
Delegates will receive an RLEF match official tutor qualification and will be deployed throughout Europe for sanctioned competition in 2011 and beyond for further mentoring and monitoring.
The all-embracing strategy, which is being led by the RLEF’s senior Full Members England and France, has been designed to ensure that the sport is delivered to a suitable standard in the ever-growing number of nations playing using a common set of techniques and structures.
RLEF Coach Coordinator Martin Crick commented, “This is a major and exciting development in the history of European Rugby League.”
“The long-term aim is to make the European nations self-sufficient in terms of their own coach education programmes and the March gathering in London is the first step on the way towards it.”
“The notion that coaches from 30 countries could come together to talk rugby league would have been a mere pipe dream only a few years ago but it demonstrates the extent to which enthusiasm and desire for the code are spreading.”
“Only this weekend we had a coach from the Ukraine attending our Level 3 weekend in Whitehaven, which is the perfect example of the commitment and dedication out there in the developing nations.”