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Club Leadership

“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 Clubs get 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

  • 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 2021-2022 Academy will start in November 2021 with a launch event. The locations of these events will be chosen to keep delegates’ travel to a minimum.

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

For more information about nominating a candidate for a future Leadership Academy please see the Candidate Identification Checklist or contact me by email at .

Leadership Academy Mentors

The Leadership Academy candidates are supported by Mentors to help their development.

Find out about the skills and experience required to be a mentor, the support offered and the time commitment involved. 

Middlesex Rugby also run a Developing People programme for potential mentors. This is one-day course that will support your development as a mentor. More information will be supplied to clubs when the programme is open for applications.

Please contact Louise Latter by email at if you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to act as a mentor on future Leadership Academies or would like further information on the Developing People programme.

Further Information

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Academy candidate or mentor please contact .

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:

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

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

Email and telephone support is on offer throughout the season.

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