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Leadership Academy 2019-2020

By Karl Cross

Chesham is seeking candidates for this year’s RFU Leadership Academy.

Last year Bucks County ran a leadership course funded in part by the RFU and supported by the County. The course is aimed at supporting club members in the day to day governance and management of their rugby clubs.

Although funding for this course has been cut at RFU level, Bucks County has decided that it will support this important course for next year. This course is a vital tool for rugby clubs in assisting volunteers in understanding the support available to them and their clubs and to gain an understanding of the rugby landscape.

Candidates will be expected to pay £100 up front for the course but this will be reimbursed by the County on completion of the course.

This year the course was attended by Karl Cross who gave a brief view of what he gained from the course. “At a time when the club like many other grass roots sports facilities, faces varied and different challenges, the course was incredibly in depth. It gave a detailed understanding of the support available to clubs from county and national level.
The course was spread from November to May and covers a variety of subject from Leadership, business planning and understanding the rugby landscape as well as risk assessments. There is a lot of great personal development along the way as well.
One of the greatest benefits of the course was the challenge and support groups. We met a few evenings over the duration of the course in smaller groups. During these occasions we discussed challenges we were facing as clubs and there was a great deal of information sharing and problem solving. It was great to work with people from other clubs. Some well-established and longstanding and finding that we are all facing similar problems and that there was a lot of collaboration in finding solutions that we could share with our clubs. I would recommend this course to anyone as there is a huge personal benefit to it as well as keeping people in the game and equipping them to not only take an active part but really make things easier for their clubs.”

If you have an interest in taking part in this course please contact:

Updated 10:50 - 6 Jun 2019 by Karl Cross

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