ARU launches new coaching award with support of Asteron Life

by staff

Over 18,000 coaches across Australia selflessly give their time to Rugby players across every community, but not everyone will be the next Qantas Wallabies Head Coach. In 2014, Asteron Life, naming rights partners of Super Rugby in Australia, is to recognise those coaches that have given incredible service to Rugby Union.

Asteron Life has extended its involvement in domestic Rugby that will see the launch of the Community Coach of the Year program in 2014. Clubs and players across the country are invited to nominate their Community Coach of the Year by uploading a short video to the Asteron Life microsite - - explaining how that coach has demonstrated the five values of passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.

The nomination process opens on 13 June, with the closing date on 19 September.

Each entry will be judged by a panel featuring:

• Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie

• Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver

• Australian Rugby Union High Performance Programs Coach Matthew Wilkie

• CEO of Suncorp Life Geoff Summerhayes

The Asteron Life Community Coach of the Year will be announced at the John Eales Medal in October.

Asteron Life will also become sponsor of the coaching arm of the ARU's community program, which will include Asteron Life branded coaching videos on the ARU's digital platforms. In response to the ever changing needs of community and professional coaches, the Australian Rugby Union are currently working through a plan to redevelop and relaunch the structure, function and content of the coach development and education framework.

Asteron Life will host a series of coaching clinics across Australia, including Sydney, as Australian Rugby implements key recommendations made for future coach and education training.

Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie said: “Grassroots Rugby is all about community so it’s great to see Asteron Life working with Australian Rugby Union in creating local programs which highlight the tremendous contribution of coaches.”

“Without these community coaches, who forego their weekends and nights to mentor our young generation of players, many of our elite players wouldn’t be where they are today.”

Asteron Life’s, Jordan Hawke, said Asteron Life’s values and strategic goals were naturally aligned with grass-roots Rugby.

“Asteron Life is committed to celebrating life and is passionate about community Rugby. We are delighted to bring young and experienced players together today for a memorable training session,” Mr Hawke said.