Level Up is an IRFU resource to to help communities stay rugby active during ongoing public health measures that fight the spread of COVID-19.
Irish Rugby worked extremely hard in the summer of 2020 to reopen the sport safely. With COVID-19 Health & Safety Plans in place, clubs and schools can now work within government guidelines to continue as a hub for physical and mental wellbeing.
Level Up will provide clubs and schools with the tools to keep their rugby activity fresh, relevant and rewarding for everyone involved.
There will also be support content available for people looking to keep busy and stay active in their own homes. Resources including session plans and video guides will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
November 20th: Reduced Activities For Non-Contact Skill Development (PDF)
November 13th 2020: Rugby Skills For School Aged Children
November 6th 2020: Acceleration, Speed & Change Of Direction
October 30th 2020: Reduced Activities For Non-Contact Skill Development (Video)
Irish Rugby has a new video series of games that families can enjoy in their own homes.
The games are simple, easy to play, and assist in the development of fundamental movement skills.
IRFU Head of Coach Development Matt Wilkie hosts the series, with the help of this three sons, Jack, Sammy and Alfie.
The full series of 30 games are now available to watch.
Aviva Minis: Rugby Skills Series
You can also check out our Aviva Mini Rugby Skill Zone.
This document outlines some options for rugby players who would like to find opportunities amid current restrictions to improve their fitness and develop their core skills.
This particular session takes roughly 40-45 minutes to complete.
Non-Contact Skill Development:
These sessions are all suitable as permitted activities under Level 5 Restrictions. They are non-contact and can be run within a pod of 15 including coaches and COVID-19 Club Compliance officers.
Each session should have four elements:
- Warm Up
- Warm Down
Theme Format Skill Focus Suitable For To Help Players To Catching High Ball Non-Contact All Ages Catch & movement under high ball Attacking From Depth Non-Contact All Ages Attack straight and from depth Decision Making 1 Non-Contact All Ages Develop decision making skills Decision Making 2 Non-Contact All Ages Develop decision making skills Grubber Kicking Non-Contact All Ages Execute grubber kick Punt Kicking Non-Contact All Ages Execute punt kick Scrum Half Passing 1 Non-Contact All Ages Develop as scrum halves Scrum Half Passing 2 Non-Contact All Ages Develop as scrum halves Loop Passing Non-Contact All Ages Execute loop passing Switch Passing Non-Contact All Ages Execute switch passing Picking and Placing Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Pick up the ball properly
Place the ball properly
Touch and Evasion Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Score tries
Rolling and Passing Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Roll the ball correctly
Pass the ball correctly
Passing Effectively Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Choose the correct pass
Pass effectively to either side
Carry the ball in two hands
Evading and Tackling Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Carry the ball with two hands
Passing and Catching Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Catch the ball correctly
Passing – When And How? Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Catch the ball correctly
Pass the ball correctly
Know when to pass
Game Understanding Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Understand the game more
Know when to pass
Many clubs and schools are resuming rugby after a prolonged period of training restrictions.
This webinar discussed COVID-19 and injury as barriers to performance and identified solutions to help teams optimise their preseason accordingly.
#ReturnToRugby: Injury Prevention And A Safe Return To Rugby
Panellists: Dr Rod McLoughlin (IRFU Medical Director), Colin McEntee (IRFU Rugby Development Director), Martin Kennedy (IRFU National Talent Athletic Development Lead)
Online Lottery is a simple way of getting recurring cash flow into rugby clubs. Emerald Warriors moved to an online lottery system in December 2019 and it proven very successful for them. In this case study, Emerald Warriors Fundraising Officer Phillip Purcell talks through:
- Securing A Charity Lottery Licence
- Using An Online Platform
- Communicating To Members
Crowdfunding is being used by more and more by Irish rugby clubs to raise funds. Many traditional methods of fundraising are not possible at present due to public health measures, but Old Crescent have managed a successful crowdfunding campaign to replace some of their cancelled events.
In this case study, Old Crescent’s Paul Donnellan talks through:
- Setting up on a crowdfunding campaign
- Getting the message right
- Maximising the campaign though social media
Public health measures have given rise to a surge in the use of online video conferencing tools to keep friends, family and communities connected. Bangor RFC hosted a club event on Zoom as a way of marking the end of the season, but it was also an opportunity to raise much needed funds.
Their case study was presented by Senior XV Head Coach Tom Rock.
- Adding value to an online event
- Monetising the event
- Managing Video Conference tools
CONVERTING CONTENT INTO CASHFLOW
Cash flow is a major concern for clubs at present. Public health measures mean that many traditional fundraising methods are not possible. Clubs who might want to raise funds while offering value to their members could look at turning their content into cash-flow.
Three Red Kings Founder Tom Savage talked through:
- Why people are willing to pay for club content (photography, video and streaming)
- Managing a pay wall for content
- Creating opportunities for club sponsors