The "Leeds Way" of Coach Education for Community Clubs

Brian McDermott

Over 60 coaches attended a Brian McDermott Master Class at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Monday 4th February. Brian McDermott and his performance team at Leeds Rhinos will be delivering coach education to the community coaches within Yorkshire in a series of workshops throughout the year.

Brian spoke passionately about skills, and how they should be coached to players of all levels and ages in rugby league.  Standards and ethics was high on the agenda – how a coach carries himself in the community and is percieved by others, plus coaching philophies were discussed within the group.  Further emphasis was placed on how a group learns, how long they train and importance of learning through playing games. A question and answer session concluded Brian's formative evening and was very well received.

Leon Crick, Rugby League Development Manager, spoke about the key targets for the 3-year Rugby League Development Plan; more players, more fans, better standards, professional support and the heritage of the game. Leon Crick said, "These are exciting times and with our pledge to create individual development plans for amateur clubs, linked to our club visits we can deliver our strategy.  Our coach development progamme will support the revalidation of coaching qualifications and the continued support of coaches in Leeds and the surrounding areas . 

Sam Horner, Leeds Rhinos Community Club Development Officer, concluded the evening by thanking all the coaches for giving up their time as volunteers in the sport and supporting the coach education programme. 

The next 2 coaching workshops will be held at the Kirkstall Academy:

Monday 4th March – Brian McDermott Master Class (Offensive Play) – 6.45pm to 8.15pm
Monday 8th April –  Brian McDermott Master Class (Defensive Play) – 6.45pm to 8.15pm

Plesae can coaches who are interested in the above Master Class register by emailing