Leadership Academy

“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.

Every two years, Middlesex Rugby gets the opportunity to nominate candidates to participate in the RFU Leadership Academy. This has been developed by the RFU to assist club officers and potential officers in acquiring the management skills needed to run a successful rugby club. The Leadership 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.

Programme details

There are seven elements to the Academy programme which runs over the course of a rugby season:

● Launch
● Training needs analysis and personal development plan
● Mentors
● Support and challenge groups
● Leadership workshop
● Review and celebration
● Alumni

The Leadership Academy promotes networking opportunities to enable participants to share experiences and solutions on similar issues under the guidance of a mentor. On successful completion of the Leadership 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.
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.

Duration and time commitment

The 2019-2020 Academy will start in November 2019 with a launch event. The locations of these events will be chosen to keep delegates’ travel to a minimum.

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Assessment

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.

Costs

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 delegates to commit to the course, there is a deposit of £100 per delegate, which can be payed by the club or the individual delegate. This will be reimbursed by Middlesex Rugby on completion of the Leadership Academy programme.

How to make a nomination

We are seeking applications from clubs, the Referees’ Society and other organisations who have a club member they think would benefit from participating in the programme. To nominate a candidate or candidates please complete and submit the online Nomination Form by Friday 15th September.

A separate form should be submitted for each candidate being nominated. Following receipt of nominations, a formal invitation together with joining details and course data, will be sent to the candidate.

For more information about nominating a candidate, please see the Candidate Identification Checklist or contact me by email: louise.latter@middlesexrugby.com.

Leadership Academy Mentors

We are also looking for about five or six Leadership Academy Mentors to help develop the candidates.

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: louise.latter@middlesexrugby.com if you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to act as a mentor during the 2017-2018 season.

Further Information

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Academy candidate please contact louise.latter@middlesexrugby.com

Candidate Identification checklist

The most important critieria in selection are:

  • an aspiration to take on a leadership role in the future
  • the potential to develop Leadership skills
  • a commitment to complete the programme

A potential leader should meet some (but probably not all) of the items on the checklist below:

  • Have a passion or a strong enthusiasm to lead their club/CB or referee society
  • Have a clear idea where his or her club/CB or referee society is (or should be) going beyond this month or year.
  • Able to communicate effectively and make communication a top priority.
  • Able to make firm decisions and take actions while, at the same time,taking into account the needs and suggestions of others.
  • Able to build and nurture a team.
  • Create and manage plans, measuring results throughout.
  • Shoulder the responsibility for success and failure (without casting blame)

Leadership Academy Mentor

The role of the mentor is to facilitate the learning of others by providing support, sharing observations, providing feedback, raising awareness and helping the candidates to take more responsibility for solutions and actions. Only occasionally mentors offer advice and guidance. As a mentor of a small group, the role is more like a chair or meeting facilitator.

Ideally, you’ll need to be:

–A good listener
–Confident and good at communicating
–Able to facilitate meaningful discussions
–Approachable and able to interact with different types of people
–Non-Judgmental & open minded
–Enthusiastic and motivating

What you’ll do:

–Mentor 4-8 Leadership Academy Candidates
–Support a Leadership Academy Support & Challenge Group
–Facilitate the learning of the candidates by providing support, sharing observations, providing feedback, raising awareness and helping the candidates to take more responsibility for solutions and actions.
–Support the candidates to complete and continually review a Personal Development Plan.
–Promote the Leadership Academy within the CB area internally & externally.Including supporting the candidate’s clubs/organisations to understand the Leadership Journey the candidates are going through on the Academy.
–Provide regular updates to the Academy Manager & relevant CB Committees.

How much time it will take up:

1 hour a week dependent on candidates support requests (email/phone/1-2-1’s/ Skype). Attending & supporting approximately 8 sessions from September to June.

What you’ll get out of it:

The pleasure in seeing others grow & develop and helping clubs achieve their ambitions. Doing something distinctive and worthwhile like this is attractive to potential employers, and the organisational and communication skills are transferable to any walk of life.

Support:

3 support sessions are hosted through the season to support your mentoring.

– Introductory Session
– Half time team talk
– Final Whistle (Ending the mentoring relationship)

Email & telephone support is on offer throughout the season.