Development managers share ideas on player retention

Members of Scottish Rugby’s development team will attend a conference today in Dublin, which representatives from each of the home nations, and hosts Ireland, will discuss the future of rugby at grassroots level.

The conference will focus on player participation and engagement of those from the age of 16 to 24.

Many aspects of youth development will be covered in the conference from analysing why players drop out of the game when they finish at junior level, ways to retain playing participants as well initiatives to entice players back to rugby if they have made the decision to stop playing.

Representatives from Scottish Rugby will present on the Edinburgh Rugby Play On initiative - a programme run to attract lapsed players back to the game - and the role of different competition structures in keeping people involved in the sport.

Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools, Nick Rennie, said: “It’s great for our development managers to get a taste of what other nations are doing to develop their game at grassroots levels and retain players at this difficult transitional period in young people’s lives.

“Hopefully, coming away from the conference, the development managers will have some fresh ideas for future initiatives, not only to encourage more players into the game, yet to keep our programmes progressing in order to hold the interest in rugby from those already participating.”