At Apex Rugby Academy we are committed to explore new content to improve our service. We hope this content will be beneficial to the wider coaching and teaching community.   


Physical activity has numerous beneficial psychological effects. Furthermore, current research results suggest that experiences of physical activity play a role in psychological resilience.

It is vital our young people develop resilience for life after school.

Resilience is a crucial life skill.


"Traditional Learning" is structured in a way where a teacher or coach dominates the learning environment by making students listen in a lecture style approach (Chien 2004). Sound familiar? How often have you seen a teacher or coach tell a player to complete an activity or skill where they are not required to think about their actions and as a result end up going through the motions? Even if the drill was completed successfully has the player learnt anything? 


The grassroots game is in danger of producing too many passive players who complete drills and activities without having to think for themselves. It shows on game day when players are placed in scenarios that require communication, decision making and problem solving skills. They do not know how to react to the situation. This can have long term effects on their confidence and self-esteem.


At our rugby camps we use cooperative learning to help players take ownership of their learning. Cooperative learning is a way of active learning that encourages individuals to develop their personal qualities and cognitive skills (Bonwell & Eison 1991). We are committed to ensure our players feel autonomy supported and 'present' in the learning process.

The article is called:


"To what extent does cooperative learning breakdown barriers to create an effective learning environment?"