King’s College rugby is based upon the development of the individual and the team in order to complement the requirements of the England Rugby player development process as well as the Bath RFC, Bristol RFC and Exeter Chiefs RFC Academy / EPDG process and Developing Player Programmes.
There are three training sessions available a week and these focus on individual skill development, game play, decision making and team preparation.
The coaching syllabus is reflective of the developmental needs of young players and focuses on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development as well as the requirements of challenge and exploration encouraging young players to aspire to reach their potential;
Training sessions reflect certain key principles:
Fast – lots of activity.
Games – lots of decision making opportunities.
Ball skills – repetition of catch and pass, lots of movement.
Challenging – players to problem solve.
Fun – always adding enjoyment.
The principles of training encourage individual skill development as well as teamwork and a sense of identity through:
Attack Skills / Principles
Defence Skills / Principles
Advice and guidance is offered on all aspects of performance and it includes:
Strength & Conditioning
Players with the appropriate recognised ability will also be nominated into the various local and regional performance pathways. The school has strong links with Somerset County, Bath RFC Academy, Bristol RFC Academy, Exeter Chiefs RFC Academy and the England Rugby regional and national programmes.
Safety and player preparation:
King’s College takes player safety extremely seriously and all coaches either have, or are working towards, recognised RFU coaching qualifications. The school will be working alongside Return2Play, a concussion management programme, and looking at functional movement studies in order to minimising the risk of injury through correct warm up techniques.