Rugby Victoria, with the support of Rugby Australia, has launched a new club delivery model for 2020.
The model has been implemented in Queensland for two years with great success.
The purpose of the model is to improve connection and transition from game development programs to clubs and to increase our flexible workforce to improve our reach and build long term sustainable growth for club Rugby.
The club delivery model is a partnership between Rugby Victoria, Club and the club deliverer that will see the club deliverer assigned to deliver the Get into Rugby Program at local schools in the club’s catchment area.
Rugby Victoria General Manager Chris Evans said, “The club delivery model will increase our flexible workforce so that we can expand our reach and build deeper connections between Schools and Clubs."
“The model will also allow our Game Development Officers to take a more strategic approach to building capacity and capability in their region."
The model will support the delivery of the ‘Get into Rugby’ program which is Rugby AU’s Sporting Schools introductory program, funded and supported by the Federal Government. This program is offered to primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria with focus on engaging new audiences and encouraging participation in our game.
Rugby Victoria Game Development Manager Samantha Homewood said, “This is an exciting opportunity for Rugby Victoria to greater connect with our clubs and be able to offer our programs to more schools in rural and metro areas."
“The link between clubs and schools is crucial to growing the game. When a child completes a session at their school and is invited down to their local club, they know exactly who to find at the club and a friendly face."
Last week Rugby Victoria hosted a Coach Education Day to up-skill fourteen coaches from around Victoria. Eight clubs/Universities will participate in the Club Delivery Model.
Rugby Victoria plan to increase the number of clubs engaged in the program with a second intake mid-year.
Massive thank you to Power House, Northern Panthers, Harlequins, Southern Districts, Eltham, Shepparton, Latrobe University, Moorabbin, Melbourne University and Casey Crusaders for their support and enthusiasm.
“The day highlighted the importance of first touch experiences when introducing any rugby program into a new environment," said Rugby Victoria Coach Development and Education Manager Justin Carroll.
"A focus on fun, enjoyment and engagement were significant factors reinforced through the coaching process on the day.”
If your club is interested in being involved please contact Samantha Homewood at firstname.lastname@example.org