“Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective”.
Leadership is of great importance when it comes to sport, and having a good leader is invaluable to a club or team.
The RFU Leadership Academy helps club officers and potential officers acquire the management skills needed to run a successful rugby club. The Academy gives new, aspiring and existing rugby club leaders a solid foundation for development within their clubs’ management structure, covering a variety of topics from leadership styles and motivating teams to planning change and importantly, developing the candidate’s own personal management skills.
The Academy facilitates networking opportunities to allow participants to share experiences and solutions on similar issues under the guidance of a mentor.
On completion of the Academy candidates become part of the Alumni where further development opportunities are offered.The training is based on a ‘Whole Club’ philosophy with an emphasis on successful change management.
There are seven elements to the Academy programme which runs over the course of a rugby season:
● Training needs analysis and personal development plan
● Support and challenge groups
● Leadership workshop
● Review and celebration
Duration and time committment
The course runs over a rugby season, with the 2015 – 2016 Academy commenced November 2015.
Candidates have to participate in 70% of the sessions to complete the Academy. There is no formal assessment. The Leadership Academy Manager in consultation with the candidates mentor assesses the level of participation.
The programme runs within the rugby season and will provide many positive returns for your club. Given the benefits for the individual and the wider game, the overall commitment is not too onerous, but the programme does demand some commitment from the individuals involved.
To encourage this commitment, there is a deposit of £100 per delegate. This will be reimbursed by Middlesex Rugby on completion of the Leadership Academy programme.
How to apply
Every two years, Middlesex Rugby gets the opportunity to nominate candidates to participate in the RFU Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is aimed at individuals who want to develop their leadership skills within their club committee/club environment.
To nominate somebody from your club, or to put yourself forward as a candidate, please email Louise.Latter@middlesexrugby.com.
Following receipt of nominations, a formal invitation together with joining details and course data, will be sent to the candidate.
Leadership Academy Mentors
We are also looking for about five or six Leadership Academy Mentors to help develop the candidates.
Click here to find out about the skills and experience required to be a mentor, the support offered and the time commitment involved.
Please contact Louise Latter email: email@example.com if you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to act as a mentor.
If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Academy candidate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org