NLD Game Development Conference

June 14th, 2017 by

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Sunday 10th June marked an exciting day in the NLD RFU calendar, the NLD Game Development Conference which was once again kindly supported by the Sir Anthony Wharton Trust. This year, the conference was held at Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield. With over 50 coaches, referees and players, the conference was well attended with a range of different ages.

There was an exciting line-up for those who attended including Ian Costello, Head Coach of Nottingham Rugby, who delivered an inspiring talk on his coaching philosophy. James Phillips and Andy Smith who provided an insight into the Young Match Officials (YMO) programme & John Widdowson who provided a wealth of information with a development module.

James Phillips and Andy Smith delivered a presentation on the YMO programme, detailing what it involves and how to get involved. In addition to this, they provided information on the upcoming events that will be taking place in 2017. Furthermore, a round of applause for the level 1s and for the presentations that took place for the following YMOs on completion of their level 2 courses:

Level 1: Shannon Hutchinson, Keegan Orne-Boulton and Jodie Baker

Level 2: Maddie Crofts, Tom Watson, Will Shennan and James Bridle

A copy of the YMO Presentation can be downloaded here.

The next element of the conference was the delivery of a coaching module by John Widdowson who is the England Rugby Match Official Development Officer. The module delivered insightful information on the tackle, and the key talking points surrounding the tackle in the game today. This was supported by a practical session with the support of some of the attending YMOs. In addition to this, James Phillips and Andy Smith provided additional information from a referee’s perspective, which many found useful. This coupled with John’s coaching perspective allowed for a comprehensive discussion surrounding the tackle. John also provided information on video analysis and in-game analysis and how coaches, players and referees can utilise these techniques to improve their performance in the long-run.

After the break for lunch, Ian Costello Head Coach at Nottingham Rugby delivered a talk on his coaching philosophy and some of the challenges that can occur. This was coupled with an outdoor session which allowed these coaching methods and philosophy to be put into practice for all to see.

The conference was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and provided an in-depth review of key areas of the game. Attendees were also issued with a limited edition NLD Game Development Conference 2017 sports bag as a memento for the day. Thank you to all participated, spoke and to those who put in the hard work and effort to make the day a success.