Durham County Coaches and Referee mentor evening sets the way for the future
Durham County Rugby Football Union opened the door to coaching and refereeing pathways last night at Durham University Business School.
Since the recent appointment of Coaching Forum Chair, Laura Lines, Durham has begun to look at different ways to support coaches and referees.
One of the first ways to do this involved clubs being invited to the Business School for a coaching and refereeing mentoring evening.
Volunteers kick started the night with debate about “What do we need now, to perform at our best” fuelled by Lines.
Discussions reached lots of common ground broadening across items such as; club support, local courses, clear pathways to areas such as DPP and County coaching and of course, everyone’s favourite – communication.
Lines added: “It is great to have people in the same room, sharing ideas and starting to create a platform which we can move forward with.
“The idea of the coaching forum is to be able to provide support for club and county coaches, but to also develop potential coaches and this mentoring evening was a great way to kick start that process.”
Coaches and referees spent the second half of the evening learning various mentoring techniques with delivery from RFU Training Manager, Alan Moses.
The concept of mentoring is that when club and county coaches are qualified, they can mentor potential coaches to expand the number of volunteers at our disposal.
Following the conclusion of the evening, the 16 volunteers present were tasked with identifying and mentoring one person back at their own club.
As well, it seems that the coaching forum is set to grow as two volunteers showed interest in joining Laura Lines in her work.
The CCC and CrefC night seems to have occupied its purpose as John Dye from Seaham Rugby Club positively reported: “Thank you for the meeting tonight, it was a much needed nudge for me as I have had lots on at work and only scraped the surface this season of the responsibility I took on last year.
“I have already had discussions with two of our club committee members tonight to get some much needed structure with regards to coaching support and coaching pathways.”
We hope that there will be many more positive outcomes like this from other clubs around the county as the work continues.
By Clarissa Murphy