On Thursday 13th December our Community Rugby Coaches Ben Smiley and Ian Isham delivered a Teacher Education session, as a part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Aviva Premiership Rugby's key legacy project, the Aviva Schools Programme, is now in its third season. The Programme, which comes with a £2m investment from Aviva, is an initiative which introduces more than 39,000 young people each season to rugby union through tag rugby, creating a vibrant and effective rugby legacy in England. The scheme targets new-to-rugby, non-traditional rugby schools. It provides five weeks of coaching and teacher training, grassroots club links, plus resources for the school to continue to play rugby in the future.
The Teacher Education Programme specifically focuses on giving teachers the tools they need to develop the basics of rugby within local schools. The 2-hour course for two members of staff per participating school included a number of practical based activities, including handling drills, small-sided games and Tag Rugby rules of play. Each participating school will also be provided with a Tag Rugby resource booklet along with balls and tag sets.
Ben and Ian delivered the uncertificated course to 20 teachers and young people from schools within our Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme at The Cressex School in High Wycombe. During the session, Ian led a practical delivery where the coaches took part in some of the Tag Rugby games, before Ben worked with the teachers in a classroom environment to identify their understanding of what Tag Rugby is, and to fill in any gaps. After the training session, the participants were invited to watch London Wasps play Aviron Bayonnais in the Amlin European Challenge Cup.
Following the Aviva Teacher Education Day, Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk: "I hope that the teachers who attended the Coach the Coaches session benefitted from the activities and discussions. The teachers have taken a positive step towards increasing their knowledge of Tag Rugby and how to coach it in an Active, Purposeful, Enjoyable and Safe environment."
If you would like your school to get involved in London Wasps' Schools Coaching Programme, please contact us by filling in the details here.