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Coach Education and CPD Programme

Northampton Saints’ Coach Education and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Programme is devised to improve the standard of rugby coaching throughout the region.

We reach the coaches working within our Academy, PDG (Player Development Groups) and DPP (Developing Player Programme) initiatives, as well as all rugby clubs and schools linked with the Club in the East Midlands, North-East Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

WE AIM TO...

  • Put on Coach Education Programmes which include Coaching CPD’s for our Academy Coaches that will further their education and advance their ability to train the next generation of rugby players.
  • Provide three Coach Education days for the PDG and DPP Coaches who are working within our programme.
  • Organise six Coaching CPD’s for linked clubs and schools in both the East Midlands region and North-East Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. For the East Midlands CPD’s we use both Franklin’s Gardens and Olney RFC, and for North-East Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire we use Colchester RFC. These CPD’s are designed to demonstrate to coaches within our linked schools and clubs what we are trying to achieve in our Academy, PDG and DPP Sessions, and what it means to coach 'the Saints way'.

We have a range of topics we cover to show the coaches how we coach in our programme; Talent Identification, Scrum, Line Out, Defence, Attack, Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition workshops.

These CPDs are delivered by Saints Staff, but we also aim to put on CPD workshops from guest coaches from the national team.

The programmes are also linked with England Rugby, the Saints Community team, and constituency bodies such as the East Midlands and Eastern Counties.

We also run CPD workshops for parents to advise them on how our Junior Academy, PDG and DPP Programmes work and run.   

We run a Mentoring Scheme for all our PDG and DPP Coaches, where they are mentored through their programme and regularly gain feedback on the sessions that they have run. This provides them with extra support throughout the PDG and DPP Programme.

2019/20 CPD dates

Wednesday 25th September – Parents & coaches pathway information evening (Colchester RFC, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: To explain the Northampton Saints pathway programme at DPP and PDG level, how it all works and what it entails.
  • Aimed at: All parents of players in Cambridge, North-East Essex and Suffolk. Also all teachers/coaches involved in coaching of players from Under-12 to Under-16 levels in these areas.
  • Deliverers: Mark Hopley (Academy Manager), Will Parkin (Junior Academy Manager), and Tim Grimsey (Academy Coach Development Officer).
  • All of this CPD will be delivered indoors.

Monday 30th September – Parents & coaches pathway information evening (Olney RFC, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: To explain the Northampton Saints pathway programme at DPP and PDG level, how it all works and what it entails.
  • Aimed at: All parents of players in Bedfordshire, Hunts & Peterborough, East Northants and Northampton Alliance. Also all teachers/coaches involved in coaching of players from Under-12 to Under-16 levels in these areas.
  • Deliverers: Mark Hopley (Academy Manager), Will Parkin (Junior Academy Manager), and Tim Grimsey (Academy Coach Development Officer).
  • All of this CPD will be delivered indoors.

Monday 14th October – Core skills games delivery (Colchester RFC, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: To introduce to coaches the core skills games that we use in our PDG sessions to improve our players’ game understanding and their core skills.
  • Aimed at: All teachers/coaches involved in coaching of players from Under-11 to Under-18 levels.
  • Deliverers: Will Parkin (Junior Academy Manager) and Tim Grimsey (Academy Coach Development Officer).
  • All coaches attending this CPD will get hand-outs and a review video of the games that are showcased during the evening.
  • This CPD will be delivered indoors and outdoors.

Monday 21st October – Core skills games delivery (Olney RFC, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: To introduce to coaches the core skills games that we use in our PDG sessions to improve our players’ game understanding and their core skills.
  • Aimed at: All teachers/coaches involved in coaching of players from Under-11 to Under-18 levels.
  • Deliverers: Will Parkin (Junior Academy Manager) and Tim Grimsey (Academy Coach Development Officer).
  • All coaches attending this CPD will get hand-outs and a review video of the games that are showcased during the evening.
  • This CPD will be delivered indoors and outdoors.

Monday 11th November – Breakdown Skills CPD (Colchester RFC, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: What skills are needed at the breakdown and how to coach these skills in both gameplay and practice areas.
  • Aimed at: All teachers and coaches who are coaching contact rugby. This will give an insight of how to coach the skills needed in this area.
  • Deliverer: Mark Hopley (Academy Manager).
  • All coaches attending this CPD will get hand-outs and a review video of the ideas and skill games that are showcased during the evening.
  • This CPD will be delivered indoors and outdoors.

Monday 18th November – Breakdown Skills CPD (Olney RFC, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: What skills are needed at the breakdown and how to coach these skills in both gameplay and practice areas.
  • Aimed at: All teachers and coaches who are coaching contact rugby. This will give an insight of how to coach the skills needed in this area. 
  • Deliverer: Mark Hopley (Academy Manager).
  • All coaches attending this CPD will get hand-outs and a review video of the ideas and skill games that are showcased during the evening.
  • This CPD will be delivered indoors and outdoors.

For more information about the above sessions, please CLICK HERE

If you would like any more information about the Coach Education and CPD programme, please contact [email protected].

To book your place at a session, please email [email protected].