World Rugby has run a Talent Identification Programme (TIP) successfully at Stellenbosch University since 2007. In 2011, the programme became much more aligned with other World Rugby Training and Education courses and pathways and was rebranded as the World Rugby Talent Optimization Programme (TOP).
The TOP is aimed at coaches and match officials with significant experience and qualifications who are looking to optimize their talent in a high performance environment.
The programme is limited to 30 participants: 10 coaches; 10 match officials (of which up to three may be coaches of match officials) and 10 strength and conditioning coaches.
The TOP match officials class of 2013
Each day began with a trigger lecture from a renowned Rugby brain and then participants were split into pathway specific programmes. The programmes are very practical and participants get the opportunity to coach or officiate every day in the unique environment at Stellenbosch University. Whilst the programme is an information/professional development type course, each participant receives ongoing feedback and a detailed report at the end of the course.
The course is staffed by the following experts:
Guest presenters from previous years have included: