Training and Education Update – Charlie Brown – Rugby Europe
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We caught up with Charlie after three months in post to find out about his experiences so far and his plans going forward in the Training and Education Department.
CB: It’s been a really exciting time for me personally and professionally, to join the organisation in what has been a difficult few years during the pandemic.
What was evident straight away was the diversity in the various levels of the unions in the region and the various challenges that they face.
While the unions have very individualised needs, what is pleasing for me to see coming into the job is that all the union training managers I’ve met so far are all energetic and passionate people, and very keen to work with Rugby Europe for the betterment of the sport.
First of all, there were plenty of introductory calls with reps from each union, which helped me in understanding more about both their individual roles and to identify those collective needs. I’ve now got a much better idea of how we can support them and from then we’ve been able to do a European-wide engagement in launching our Training and Education Strategic plan for 2022-23.
Our ultimate goal is to support the various unions across Europe to have the tools to support their T&E communities at an appropriate level. This can be done through ensuring that they have a trained and licenced workforces to deliver World Rugby Courses, but also making sure that they are supported in maintaining a high-level of quality in their delivery.
We need everyone to play a part in supporting rugby, not just in their own countries, but across Europe.
So as our first point, we have categorised unions that have similar needs, be it at a performance, development or growth level. Take for example that we’ve had a meeting with England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales and have agreed to build a support framework targeted to those Unions competing in the Rugby Europe Championship and Trophy as part of the ‘Cascade’ component of the Strategic plan.
The expectation from this is that the countries who receive this support will replicate that by performing a similar role for other developing nations in the level below.
My role is part funded by World Rugby who work in partnership with Rugby Europe, they also support from an operational budget side of things, as well as provide a medical education budget for the region, so there is a close collaboration there.
Player Welfare remains World Rugby’s top priority. They are fully supportive of what Rugby Europe is doing to enhance this with the Unions, and are providing additional resources to ensure the success of the Training and Education Strategic Plan. In doing so, they have appointed a regional Medical Education Manager, and have also recently launched player welfare programs such as Activate and Tackle Ready. There are many more initiatives coming, which we are excitedly looking forward to.
To find out more you can visit the Training and Education page with a calendar of events.
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