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High Performance Coach (HPC) 


The National Rugby League High Performance Coaching Course has been developed to ensure that talented and elite players reach their full potential as a result of coaching best practice. It is the highest level of Rugby League Coaching Accreditation in Australia and has been designed for experienced coaches that are currently involved in or aspire to coach in the Talent Development or High-Performance streams of the game. The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to design, implement and monitor a Rugby League Performance Program that ensures that talented and elite players reach their full potential.

Minimum age: 20

Course Cost: $550

Selection Criteria

The course will be limited to 15-20 participants per year. The following selection criteria will apply:

Essential Criteria:

  • Current Senior Club Coach Accreditation 
  • Applicants MUST be actively coaching

Desirable Criteria:

1.      Applicants will be screened according to their experience and current coaching responsibilities

a)      Applicants who are currently coaching at the following levels will automatically pass the first stage of the screening process:

  • NRL
  • State Cup (Queensland and NSW Cup or equivalent)
  • State League Under 20's

b)      If there are any positions remaining following the first stage of screening, candidates coaching at the following levels will be considered on a case by case basis

  • Junior Representative (eg. Harold Matthews/Cyril Connell/Andrew Johns and SG Ball/Mal Meninga/Laurie Daley)
  • Schoolboy Representative (State Level or above)
  • Local League (A grade or equivalent) Coaches
  • Development Squad Coaches
  • Specialised Sport High School Coaches

Note: any New Zealand based applicants must apply for the course via coaching@nzrl.co.nz

2.       In the event that total applicants passing the screening phase exceed the total course limit, candidates will be ranked according to their coaching experience, any relevant additional qualifications (including, but not limited to, tertiary qualifications) and references provided.

HPC Course Content

The High Performance Coaching Course covers the following modules:

  1. Performance Analysis
  2. Skill Acquisition
  3. Coaching and Leadership Skills
  4. Managing a Performance Program 
  5. Psychological Preparation for Peak Performance
  6. Advanced Attacking Skills
  7. Advanced Defensive Skills

High Performance Coach Accreditation

In order to gain the High Performance Coaching Accreditation, you will be required to:

  1. Attend all modules delivered at the High Performance Coaching Course
  2. Complete all Assessment Tasks by the specified due dates

Please note:

  • There is no Recognition of Prior Learning for the High Performance Course

The HPC Course has been postponed due to Covid-19.

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