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 How to Get Started?

Every school is different but here is a suggested step-by-step process to get you underway.

1. Identify the Need

2. Identify a Clubs In Schools Champion

3. Lay the Foundations

4 . Develop the Club Structure

5. Create a Constitution

6. Set the Club's Direction

7. Conduct a Review


1. Identify the Need

This process could be undertaken by the school itself or prompted by a local rugby club or group of parents.

Ask yourself:

  • What is the role of the school?
  • What is the number of teams you think should be fielded by the school?
  • Do you have the resources to support a club in the school?


2. Identify a Clubs In Schools Champion

The champion is someone to organise and control the development of the Clubs In Schools group and needs to be someone working within the school.

It is important to have someone who will actively champion and be a driver for the process.

Consider the teacher in charge of rugby or sports, RAIS administrator, the principal or headmaster


3. Lay the Foundations

It is crucial to get buy-in from everyone involved. Organise a meeting with the interested parties (teachers, parents, RAIS administrator, supporters, players, club officials) to discuss the concept of forming a club within the school.

  • Discuss the pros and cons.
  • Make sure there are people in the group who know how to run meetings, solve problems and so on.
  • Look at where rugby in the school is now and determine where the group wants rugby to be in the future.


4 . Develop the Club Structure

Identify the right people to form the club in your school and set the strategic direction.

Each club can have a different structure to suit its needs, but the traditional club structure includes:

  • Chairperson
  • RAIS administrator
  • Secretary
  • Student and parent representatives
  • Principal or nominated representative
  • Teacher in charge of rugby
  • Local rugby club representative


5. Create a Constitution

The constitution sets the rules the club will operate under and defines roles and responsibilities within the club.

Finance is always a key area. How this will be dealt with will depend on the school's own policies.

Consider other areas of responsibility:

  • player management and selection
  • selection of coaches and managers
  • collecting subscriptions from students
  • fundraising


6. Set the Club's Direction

Prepare a rugby development plan to clearly set out what must be completed each year to meet your targets.

Keep members informed: organise regular meetings throughout the year to provide updates on the day-to-day running of the club and the club's progress towards the overall goals for rugby in your school.


7. Conduct a Review

Review the overall performance of the club and of the individuals involved. Identify areas that have gone well and areas where more support may be needed.

This is not a chance to criticise the group but a chance to identify opportunities for improvement.

 

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