Cornwall CPD Information

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After holding central CPD’s in 2015/16/17 we are now looking to deliver CPD’s directly into schools anywhere in Cornwall from January 2017.

In a two hour session we can deliver the resource to your Physical Education staff, and this can also be doubled with a Primary Rugby League CPD for your cluster primaries if you desire.

The sessions are available free of charge, with completely free resources provided.

If you would like to have the ETP resource to deliver in your school please contact our Development Manager on  robb@cornishrebels.co.uk



In Janary 2016, on a sunny but windy afternoon it was a full house at Redruth RFC as St Helens RLFC Coach Development Officer Craig Richards joined forces with Cornish Rebels RLFC to deliver the Embed the Pathway CPD & Orientation to 6 schools from all over Cornwall.





The first collective CPD in Cornwall was a success – Four schools now with the resource in hand ready to engage and discover what Rugby League can unlock for them.

Greenmount-sponsored Cornish Rebels RLFC welcomed five representatives from three Cornish secondary schools to Bodmin RFC on Tuesday to introduce them to Embed the Pathway and a future for Rugby League schools activity in the County.

Poltair School, Treviglas College and St. Josephs School of Launceston were introduced to a pre-written but adaptable and highly versatile resource designed to be a non-exclusive way of engaging students in and enjoying the game of Rugby League. Focusing on four key areas of Game, Movement, Coachability and Mental Attributes the resource is deliverable in 8 sessions at each level of Key Stage 3.

The development ideology focuses on providing opportunities for children to participate in Rugby League without the fear of any kind of selection process limiting their development. Through development days and schools festivals, which will be supported by Super League club St. Helens, every student who takes part on curriculum will have the opportunity to train and play the game of Rugby League in an inclusive environment under the partnership of Cornwall’s Rugby League club and one of the biggest clubs in World Rugby League.

The three schools who attended, along with Redruth School who have been playing Rugby League since the Summer, will now be officially recognised as England Player Development Schools and with a further four schools already booked to attend our January CPD there will surely be some great localised competitions soon.

Mackenzie Brown, PE teacher at St Joseph’s of Launceston was full of enthusiasm following the session “I thought the Embed the Pathway course was excellent, as is the resource & we have already started implementing it into the curriculum. The lack of students exposed to and active within Rugby League in the South West is unacceptable and we at St Joseph’s are completely behind the Embed the Pathway initiative to change this.”

Cornish Rebels RLFC are delighted that the resource has been so well received and are now looking forward to the next CPD at Redruth RFC in January which already has another two schools signed up to attend as well as further staff members from Treviglas who hope to become a go-to venue for Rugby League in East Cornwall.

RFL National Talent Development Officer Anthony Atherton underlined just how big a step was taken on the day. “On Tuesday Cornish Rebels and Embed The Pathway realised a long term vision.  In gathering a cohort of teachers that would take rugby league forwards and deliver in curriculum is a huge boost for sustainability in the area.  The enthusiasm of the club and teachers shows that the game in in safe hands.  The future now holds a series of Open Access Development Days and localised competition that will give opportunities to potential players that hasn’t previously existed.

The work the Rebels have done in driving activity in the area has been invaluable and with people like Rob and John as driving forces we’re sure to see a huge impact over the next few years and perhaps a Cornish based player in Super League”

Rebels secretary Rob Butland is now encouraging more schools to get on board with a new way of maximising sporting potential in schools; “We know that at its core Rugby League is great fun and a highly-inclusive sport. Its simplicity and quick-moving nature mean it suits a classroom environment greatly and the Embed the Pathway resource is unlike anything else we have seen from any governing body in the sense that it discourages selection based on ability. Instead it focuses on keeping as many students active in the game as possible, for as long as possible. We are looking forward to working with St Helens to provide development days and festivals to keep kids active and flourishing both on and off curriculum.”