Three days in Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield may seem an attractive proposition – a chance to get away from it all and relax in comfortable surroundings with attentive staff catering for your every need. However, despite the comforts and attention undoubtedly on offer, the venue was the scene of some intense rugby development work recently.
Driven by Mark Harrington, IRB Training Manager, and supported by his colleague Douglas Langley (IRB/FIRA-AER), two overlapping courses were held with great success.
The first was an IRB Trainer course with six attendees from the Irish and Scottish Rugby Unions, and the second an IRB Educator course with 21 attendees from the IRFU.
Each of the attendees is an accredited IRFU Tutor and the running of the Educator course over a reduced timeframe was a very welcome endorsement by the IRB of IRFU staff and Tutor development programmes.
Working through a series of modules highlighting the key development initiatives of the IRB globally as well as practical exploration of the educator role, the 21 attendees were supported and given constructive feedback by the trainers who in turn developed their own skills in this area.
A hugely productive three days closed with individualised debrief and feedback sessions to all attendees, before the formal licensing of educators and trainers – many of whom will go on to be deployed on a wide range of player, coach and Union development projects under the IRB’s Training and Education Support scheme (TES).
Congratulations to all the participants and sincere thanks to Mark and all the IRB staff for their hard work and ongoing support.