Competition Ethos


The purpose of Development Festivals is to provide competitive Rugby League in a safe and positive environment with a focus on individual player development and performance. They will provide a stepping stone towards a lifelong involvement with the sport and physical activity.

The ethos of the competition is based on the following principles:

  1. Challenge and competition
  2. Inclusivity and engagement
  3. Development of team and individual performance

Development Festivals aim to capture the magic of Rugby League and deliver games that are fun to play and enjoyable and stimulating to coach, whilst promoting skill development and inclusive opportunities.


1.          Challenge and competition

  • All players benefit from a competitive playing opportunity, and are challenged appropriately (see competition rules for details).
  • All games have an end result (win, lose or draw) although this is secondary to player development, and maintaining a positive and inclusive environment.

2.         Inclusivity and engagement

  • All efforts are made to maximise player involvement. Wherever possible, all players will play at all times.
  • All players are treated equally, regardless of ability or maturation level.
  • When players guest for other teams this is handled positively (see competition rules for details).
  • Coaches provide objectives that centre on applying skills and demonstrating learning rather than simply winning or losing.
  • Coaches, volunteers and spectators behave positively and adhere to the Respect Code of Conduct at all times.

3.         Development of team & individual performance

  • Generic skills such as coping with challenges, respecting officials/opponents and self-reflection are given equal focus alongside Rugby League specific skills. This provides players of all ability levels a chance to be successful and maintains a positive environment.
  • A ‘win-at-all-costs’ mentality is an overly-simplistic way of approaching sport. Winning and losing are poor indicators of performance and development, and should not impact on the review of the game. Players should not be victims to adult motivations of winning over development.
  • Players are upskilled in key areas of Rugby League such as passing, catching, evading, tackling and scoring tries. Adult influence and involvement is kept to a bare minimum so that players can learn to make their own decisions.