- England Rugby named joint winners of Coaching Culture of the Year award
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England Rugby have been named joint winners of the Coaching Culture of the Year award at the 2017 UK Coaching Awards.
Coaching Culture of the Year Award goes to @EnglandRugby & @GBWeightLifting. Both organisations have worked extremely hard to develop their coaches so that their participants receive the best possible coaching experiences. Congratulations both. #UKCoachingAwards ✨ pic.twitter.com/Uni69tM3ie— UK Coaching (@_UKCoaching) November 30, 2017
The annual awards, held this week in London, celebrate oustanding success in community and high performance coaching over the last year.
England Rugby were named winners alongside British Weightlifting. The judges commended England Rugby's work across four key areas in coaching:
- The introduction of the new England Rugby Coaching Award with a focus on developing skills
- Incorporating the 'CARDS' principles into coaching at all levels
- Developing the Game Changers digital coaching strategy
- Progressing Keep Your Boots On to encourage poeple to stay in the game
In September this year England Rugby hosted its first ever Game Changers Facebook live which saw head coach Eddie Jones lead a group of students through a 30 minute coaching session while providing his expert insight.
"We're delighted to have won the award which I think is recognition of where we are in a journey that has been ongoing for the last 15 years," said the RFU's coach development manager, Nick Scott.
"We have moved from focusing on coaching just the technical and tactical aspects of rugby to coaching the person with a focus on enjoyment and development.
"I'm really pleased with how far we've come, we still have improvements to make but this award is testament to the hard work of our community coaches across the country who are helping to grow the game," added Scott.