Information on Embed the Pathway

What is Embed the Pathway

Our Player Development Programmes are aligned to Embed the Pathway.


Embed the Pathway enables all players the opportunity to develop, reach their potential and in doing so grow a greater pool of potential England players. It is a starting point, which answers the question; to make my players better what should I be doing?This will lead to:

  • Improved quality of the player
  • Leave the player in their own environment longer – increased inclusivity
  • More players getting more opportunities to demonstrate their potential
  • Regular focused, player profiling.

In order to design this age specific curriculum many leading coaches and youth specialists were consulted. This is also under-pinned by cutting edge research as what attributes need to be developed by young players as they move along the talent pathway.The program has four key areas;

  • Coachability – how do player behaviours and attitudes contribute to development.
  • Mental Attributes – introducing sports psychology to the young player.
  • Game  - Technical aspects specific to Rugby League
  • Movement – the ability of the young player to perform key movements with control and accuracy, vital for their physical literacy.

The aim is of Embed the Pathway to be seen as the curriculum for 12-16 rugby league players, making it the perfect tool for coaches in this age group and secondary school teachers, introducing and developing players, often new to the game.The movement section is also a perfect tool for PE teachers to assess the physical literacy of learners and links to a multi-sport environment.The program is supported by Continued Professional Development for Coaches and teachers involved.