World Rugby launches Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit to recruit and retain more female rugby coaches at every level of the game
- The World Rugby toolkit aims to assist unions in increasing the number of female rugby coaches globally
- The Toolkit is designed to create a robust framework and pathway to address barriers facing women in rugby
- Women currently make up 25 per cent of the rugby playing population worldwide
- Women coaching rugby toolkit is available for free download on www.women.rugby
World Rugby today launched a new, online women coaching rugby toolkit, developed by World Rugby to assist unions and regional associations in recruiting, developing and retaining more female rugby coaches at every level of the game.
As part of World Rugby’s ambitious and transformational strategic women’s plan to accelerate the global development of women in rugby 2017-25, a core pillar is to develop inspirational leadership on and off the field, including the areas of coaching and refereeing.
In 2018, World Rugby undertook a review of the status of women in high performance coaching, led by World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Carol Isherwood, with the report finding many of the challenges and barriers influencing a lack of women in high performance coaching positions are complex and inter-linked, requiring integrated and holistic solutions.
The World Rugby Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit, available on www.women.rugby, is designed to create a robust framework and pathway for unions and regional associations to address challenges and barriers in four core areas:
- Planning: Developing a plan to increase the quantity and quality of female rugby coaches through workforce audits, mapping out future state, gap analysis and monitoring and evaluation
- Recruitment: Understanding motivations and complex value systems, promoting coaching to women and open, transparent requirement processes
- Development: Providing and promoting support networks, education and review of organisational culture that values women in the workforce.
- Retention: Support, connection and recognition strategies to engage and excite women
While the toolkit is aimed at increasing the number of female rugby coaches, the information and tactics can equally be applied to generic coach and workforce development across the game at every level.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said:
World Rugby Women’s Advisory Committee Chairman Serge Simon said:
World Rugby General Manager of Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir said:
However, the toolkit can also act as a ‘cultural change kit’ to create pathways for unions to start understanding their organisational unconscious bias and the steps necessary to make constructive change. The interventions, approaches and innovative ways of working can be applied to the whole game.
The new World Rugby Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit is an adaptation of the UK Coaching SCORE toolkit, developed with support from the European Union and Erasmus Foundation.