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Role of Coaches

Player Development Framework



The Coach Development Framework

The NRL has partnered with the University of Queensland to review and redevelop a Coach Development Framework that will focus on providing a range of learning opportunities to Coaches of 6-12 year old players. The focus of the framework is to educate and support Coaches so they can facilitate an environment which prioritises the positive development of all players in their team. This development aligns with the principles of the Player Development Framework, which focuses on achieving positive outcomes in players competence, confidence, connection, and character.


It starts with the coach...

The education and support of these Coaches are very important. Arguably, the primary architect, and most influential adult, that contributes to the environment is the Coach. We know that if a coach can create a positive environment, that will likely contribute to lifelong participation and engagement in sport. On the other hand, if the coach facilitates a negative environment, this will lead to player disengaging from the sport and dropping out.


Creating a positive environment...

As a result of this, the education and development of Coaches will focus on how they can meet the primary needs of their players. Specifically, how do they foster an environment that focuses on fun, friendship, and fundamentals.

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Find out more about the Player Development Framework (PDF).