Pass­ing the test

Rugby World - - PLAYER SURVEY -

PLAY­ERS AT Gal­lagher Premiership and Greene King IPA Cham­pi­onship clubs are now re­quired to pass on­line mo­d­ules about the game’s ma­jor wel­fare is­sues. Coaches and sup­port staff in the English elite game must also take part.

The on­line cour­ses con­sist of a short an­i­mated, ed­u­ca­tional video on the sub­ject – con­cus­sion, for ex­am­ple – fol­lowed by five mul­ti­ple choice ques­tions. By mid-Oc­to­ber, 1,916 per­son­nel had com­pleted the process.

Pre­vi­ously, play­ers had been ed­u­cated about is­sues like anti-dop­ing, anti-cor­rup­tion and con­cus­sion through an ar­ray of fo­rums, but last year it was agreed the “piece­meal” set-up was not cut­ting it.

So the Pro­fes­sional Game Board agreed on a roll-out of up-to-date ed­u­ca­tion mo­d­ules by the Per­sonal De­vel­op­ment Group in Jan­uary 2017, with ev­ery­thing cen­trally mon­i­tored.

In the first year of a four-year plan, mo­d­ules were con­ducted

face-to-face, club-by-club with sem­i­nars. In this, the sec­ond year, they have gone down the on­line route – and they will de­cide how to pro­ceed next year fol­low­ing a re­view of this process.

Ac­cord­ing to Corin Palmer, Premiership Rugby’s head of elite per­for­mance and player de­vel­op­ment: “The biggest suc­cess was the col­lab­o­ra­tion that ex­isted with this par­tic­u­lar group. It was gen­uinely wel­fare-fo­cused. It has been in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive.”

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