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Coach and Trainer Update

The season is less than two months away, team lists are filling fast and pre-season preparations are well under way. An essential part of pre-season is to ensure that all Tigers Coaches and Trainers hold the correct accreditations and have a current Working with Children check if over 18 years of age. Please see the following information to assist you with this process.

All Tigers coaches and trainers are required to hold a current accreditation that is specific to the age or level of the team. No matter whether you are a first time coach or trainer helping at your local club or an experienced coach/trainer for a representative team there is a course available for your level of interest.

As you may be aware, in recent years the game has introduced the Community Coach program, which provides our coaches with the knowledge to deliver age and stage appropriate experiences to players and is guided by the latest available evidenced-based coaching practices.

To complete the accreditation and registration requirements, coaches and trainers should complete the following:

  1. Coaches and Trainers start by registering with the Tigers by clicking on the Play Rugby League site

  2. Coaches and Trainers also need to apply for a Working with Children check by clicking on NSW Office of the Children's Guardian website

  3. Coaches then complete an age-specific Community Coach eLearning course that provides them with a temporary accreditation allowing them to start working with their team. This eLearning course is free of charge and is designed to allow coaches to start their accreditation in an accessible and affordable way. The eLearning courses can be found at the Play Rugby League site.

  4. To complete the accreditation, coaches will register and attend a Face to Face Workshop that corresponds to the age-specific eLearning, for a small fee of $20. These separate workshops are delivered to Coaches of 6-12-year-old’s and also coaches of 13-18-year-old’s. Coaches will only need to attend the relevant workshop/s specific to the age category they are coaching in once. Once both components have been completed no later than the 30th of June, coaches will be provided with a 4-year accreditation.

  5. Trainers complete a League Safe course which is an online safety awareness course, designed to help create a safe, healthy and fun environment and outlines the role and responsibilities of the Trainer during a game. This course can be found at the Play Rugby League site.

The NRL have also produced a Community Coach Framework Club Guide which assists clubs in understanding the framework and the specific course requirement. The guide provides details on what courses are available, who should complete them, and how they complete them. You can download the guide by clicking here.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the club to find out more.

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