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iCoachKids proves a smash with the Rugby Football League in England

The global movement for better youth sport signs a cooperation agreement with one of the most progressive English governing bodies of sport.

Another big catch for iCoachKids this summer. We are delighted to announce the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Rugby Football League in England. Founded in 1895, the RFL has a long-standing history of coach education and development and has stood out in recent years by their desire to support coaches better understand what sport can do for children and how to deliver meaningful and positive experiences.  

Chris Spurr, Community Game Coach Development Manager sees the partnership as a great opportunity for all involved:

“The Rugby Football League is excited to team up with iCoachKids to support the development of children’s coaches and to give all children the best possible experience within the sport. iCoachKids is a great free tool that coaches can use, and we look forward to working in partnership to create positive experiences for children leading to lifelong involvement within the sport”.

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, iCoachKids Director was ecstatic about this development:

“The Rugby Football League have been at the forefront of coach education in the UK for decades now, so having them as iCoachKids supporters is a huge hit for us. Our main goal is to impact coaches on the ground. By connecting directly with the Rugby Football League coach development initiatives, we get a direct line to those on the frontline, those working with kids day in day out all over England. We are delighted!”


iCoachKids is co-funded by an Erasmus+ grant and led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). It brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support children and youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, the European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.