Oceania Rugby and World Rugby are working closely with Member Unions to identify, educate and develop coaches, medics and match officials within the region. This saw coach and match official trainers from across the region come together this week, in Sydney, to review the current pathway and processes in a two-day Training and Education pathways workshop.
World Rugby Training & Education Manager Jock Peggie, speaking after the workshop said,
“We have had a very positive couple of days with the Member Unions. During the workshop we outlined the way ahead for training and education in the Oceania region for the next 3 years, to grow the number of qualified coaches and match officials in our bid to improve the game.”
Peggie further added,
“This region has seen some really positive outcomes in terms of training and education in the past, but like all regions has some challenges and we have across the course of the workshop developed some bespoke solutions for the region. I’m excited about the plans we have put in place and the difference it should make.”
Talemo Waqa, Regional Training Manager for Oceania Rugby said,
“The conversations this week have lead us to develop a clear direction to assist better identification and training for coaches and match officials in the region. The focus within our region on player welfare will be supported and enhanced with the strategies developed.”
Trainers and Development Managers from around the region including New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Fiji and the Solomon Islands shared ideas and barriers they were experiencing in assisting coaches and match officials gaining accreditation and moving through the pathways.
Solomon Islands Rugby Football Union Development Manager Alivereti Vuibau who attended the workshop said,
“The learning outcome of this workshop for me has been to work with and hear from major unions such as Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and the expertise that they have in this area. I can take these ideas back to the Solomon Islands to revamp our current strategies and combine that with new initiatives. This will hopefully help increase the profile and pathways of Coaches and Match Officials.”
The sharing of knowledge and regional partnerships will also allow for master trainers to work across the region with Member Unions to deliver courses with local educators.
Across the Oceania region there are currently 284 Level 2 World Rugby accredited Coaches and 144 World Rugby accredited Level 2 match officials. This week’s workshop aimed to find ways to remove identified barriers preventing these Level 2 accredited coaches and match officials to join the 93 Level 3 Coaches and 7 Level 3 Match Officials.