Monday morning break time was interrupted by a visit from Santa Clause himself… He was on his rounds of schools within Tyne and Wear supported by locally produced Newcastle Thunder player Rhys Clarke. The visit was to celebrate the first Christmas of the Embed the Pathway programme and to say thank you to all the schools for being involved.
Since September, pupils at Monkseaton Middle School have benefited from the introduction of the Embed the Pathway program which was launch last summer by the Rugby Football League. The Embed the Pathway programme is designed to allow continuity between the coaching that children receive at their local clubs and schools. It offers school staff access to CPD, resources and training that the RFL also provide to local clubs, meaning that the children receive the same messages and styles of play in both settings.
“As a school over recent years we have regularly participated in the Champion Schools tournament with boys and girls from Year 7 & 8. Taking part in Rugby League from local school level all the way through to the National Finals. By following the Embed the Pathway coaching programme within PE and Extra-Curricular Clubs it has allowed pupils to further develop their skill level and has boosted pupil’s confidence to get involved in contact sports.” Mr Barrett, Head of PE.
“I found the sessions from the Embed the Pathways coaching manual to be; Fun, Exciting and it kept you on your toes…” Billy Carter, Year 8.
“I liked the partner and small sided games, this allowed me to develop my confidence slowly and I felt comfortable to get involved in the contact side of the game…” Ellie Story, Year 8.
“The Embed the Pathway programme is all about enhancing teachers and coaches in order to develop better players for all aspects of the game, from community club to the England National team. In the first year that we have rolled it out in the North East we have had some fantastic support from the schools, no more so than Mr Barrett at Monkseaton Middle. The feedback we have received has been really positive and encouraging and I’d like to thank Mr Barrett and Monkseaton for their support of the programme and I’m sure they will continue to develop as a rugby league playing school going into 2016. It was a pleasure to be able to drop in on a school day and reward the staff and students with a little Christmas gift of free tickets just before the holidays.” Michael Heap North East Regional Development Coach.