Club Handbook ~ Season 2020 - 21





Ilkley Rugby Club will promote and develop the game of Rugby Union within the community and encourage participation at every level.
As an amateur club Ilkley Rugby Club must rely on volunteers to provide the bulk of its coaching needs, particularly in the Junior and Youth section.
Head of Rugby and Senior Club Coaching Co-ordinator is Rhys Morgan.
Senior players are also encouraged to gain coaching qualifications.
Volunteer coaching skills are acquired by encouraging coaches to attend RFU approved courses.
Junior Coaching Development Co-ordinator is Sean Gilbert.
Please speak to these people to arrange courses.
It is accepted that most Junior and Youth section coaches materialise because they are either parents, or are related to children when they take up Rugby at the club. The youngest junior players are under 6's and Junior and Youth section have teams right through to under 18's.


Ilkley Rugby Club conducts its coaching at all levels with values:

• Clearly and openly defined
• With targets and objectives
• With commitment
• Responsive to suggestions and ideas
• Innovative in its approach and
• Inclusive, encouraging participation by all.

It applies core attitudes of Ethics - Equity - Safety - Sharing

Ilkley Rugby Club aims to provide qualified coaches to each age group and in sufficient numbers, if not more than, to satisfy the RFU guidelines of one coach to every team inevery age group.

All volunteer coaches are encouraged to attend RFU coursesas follows:

Tag rugby for the most junior children.
Rugby Ready - an entry level coaching course.
Level 1 for all other Junior and Youth age groups.
The most promising and enthusiastic coaches are encouraged to progress to level 2 and 3.
All trained coaches are also encouraged to take basic entry level refereeing courses. It is hoped that a few may
wish to progress their refereeing skills to higher levels.
The club will always employ RFU approved coaching education tools.
The club encourages an open pathway from junior to senior rugby and will encourage its best players to go on to elite rugby.
The club will constantly monitor progress and identify coaching/training needs in individuals.
The club will hold occasional clinics for all coaches delivered by its own coaching team and other suitably trained coaches to "up-skill" its coaches beyond the basic level 1 qualification.
All Junior and Youth section coaches MUST be CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked.

Coaches of players should:

• Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching players.
• Be a positive role model.
• Respect all referees and the decisions they make, even if they appear to make a mistake, (remember it could be you refereeing next week) and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same.
• Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner to all players, both during coaching sessions and matches.
• Provide rugby experiences which are matched to the players' ages and abilities, as well as their physical and behavioural development.
• Ensure all players are coached in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to hand.
• Avoid the overplaying of the best players by using a squad system which gives everybody a satisfactory amount of playing time.
• Never allow a player to train or play when injured.
• Ensure good supervision of players, both on and off the field.
• Recognise that players should never be exposed to extremes of heat, cold or unacceptable risk of injury.
• Develop an awareness of nutrition as part of an overall education in lifestyle management.
• Recognise that it is illegal for players under 18 to drink alcohol or for those under 16 to smoke.
   Coaches should actively discourage both.
Ensure that their knowledge and coaching strategies are up to date  and in line with RFU philosophy.