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11/11/2011 – 27/06/2012

On 10th November delegates of the above assembled at the NRB National Rugby Centre for the opening of the Conference & Workshop. FIRA-AER President, Jean-Claude Baque & NRB President Willem de Jong opened activities and welcomed the delegates. The Conference is a continuation of the 2010 Coaching Conference focusing on Rugby Sevens.

Referees at the Workshop are focusing on their development and preparation towards the 2012 FIRA-AER Sevens Grand Prix Series. The Referees will be facilitated by Patrick Robin (FIRA-AER), Bernd Gabbei (IRB) & the new IRB Sevens World Series Referee Manager, Steve Lander.

Mark Egan (IRB) attended the first day of the Conference to present to delegates the IRB Sevens Strategic Plan and the model for Olympic 2016 qualification. Douglas Langley (IRB/FIRA-AER) also informed delegates of the FIRA-AER 2012 Sevens tournaments for Women & Men including the Qualification process for the 2013 Sevens Rugby World Cups.

22 coaches are the attending the Conference from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland & Ukraine. 10 Referees are attending the Workshop from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal & Romania.

On the second day of the Conference, Women’s National Sevens Coach, Gareth Gilbert presented the NOC/NRB High Performance Project to the Coach delegates looking at player transfer, talent identification and development pathways. Gareth then coached the Dutch National Women’s Team along with French Men’s National Coach, Thierry Janeczek. Coaches discussed their finding from the information given and their observations and will on day 3 practise planning and delivering a Coaching session with this team. The Referees focused the second day on observations and evaluation of referee performance at the 2011 FIRA-AER Sevens Grand Prix Series.

FIRA-AER and the delegates would like to thank the NRB for hosting the Conference & Workshop, especially Jacqueline Reus for her administrative support.

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