Get Ready For This

A new interactive resource designed to help everyone increase their enjoyment of rugby with an emphasis on safety has been launched by the International Rugby Board. Scottish Rugby staff have played a full part in creating the IRB’s Rugby Ready programme. A new interactive resource designed to help everyone increase their enjoyment of rugby with an emphasis on safety has been launched by the International Rugby Board.

Scottish Rugby staff have played a full part in creating the IRB’s Rugby Ready programme.

“It’s a one-stop interactive and DVD resource which has been designed to assist players, coaches, referees and administrators to go about their role in rugby in as safe a manner as possible,” explained Jock Peggie from Scottish Rugby’s coach education department.

“We’re integrating Rugby Ready into our coach education structures and we’re advising our clubs, universities, schools and referee societies that all this information is available to them and is written and presented in an easily accessible way to improve the standard and safety of our game.”

Outgoing IRB chairman Syd Millar said: “The IRB Rugby Ready programme has been launched to educate, aid and support players, coaches, match officials and Unions on the importance of proper preparation for training and playing so that players enjoy rugby to the fullest while reducing the risk of injury.”

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Executive Gordon McKie endorses Millar’s view. He said: “It’s important that we endeavour to introduce children and adults to the game in a safe environment which minimises the risk of injury to participants.

“As such we are delighted to support this new resource which is aimed at assisting all players, coaches and referees to be safety aware when playing, coaching or refereeing the game.”

For further information log on to www.irbrugbyready.com Clubs, schools, universities and referee societies can complete the web-based learning packages and achieve certification.

Copies of an IRB Rugby Ready handbook will also be sent to Scottish Rugby stakeholders in due course.