First15 Launches Nation-Wide Professional Development Tour at Women’s Rugby Super Series

June 27, 2016 – As Salt Lake City becomes the temporary home of participants and supporters of the Women’s Rugby Super Series, it will also serve as the starting point for a nation-wide game development initiative aimed at creating professional development opportunities for coaches, match officials, administrators, and athletes.  First 15 Sport Performance, LLC, is dedicated to enhancing athletic experiences by sharing information gathered from a variety of performance-focused resources.  In this spirit of continuous learning, First15 is launching a series of presentations, known as “5in15”, featuring panels of experts immersed in a variety of content areas.  Each learning opportunity features three speakers tasked with offering their highest value information within a maximum of fifteen minutes, and a follow up interactive question and answer segment.  Each speaker has the opportunity to focus on presenting from an area of personal strength, while also limiting the time and financial commitment for dedicated professionals and volunteers interested in building their knowledge base and skills.  

The first official “5in15” panel will highlight the USA Rugby Women Eagles as they prepare for the Women’s Rugby Super Series.  Head coach Pete Steinberg will lead the panel alongside USA Rugby and First15 staff members providing valuable insights on high-performance competition and game development.  This hour-long segment will take place at the University of Utah campus on July 7th from 8-9pm at the Fort Douglas Post Theatre on the University of Utah campus, prior to the final match day of the Super Series.

“We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to launch the first 5in15 panel then at the Women’s Rugby Super Series featuring representatives from the USA Rugby Women Eagles in their true element.  Every individual who serves on a panel creates critical learning opportunities, and we are truly excited to partner with interested experts and organizations that are keen to create accessible and valuable professional development for coaches, referees, administrators, and players.” said First15 Director of Performance, Katie Wurst.     

In addition to shared knowledge, all attendants earn three USA Rugby professional development credits that count towards maintaining certification status.  The main objective of this project is to blanket the country with an easily accessible and informative opportunity to improve all aspects of game development.  It also creates a platform for experts to share what they know with others and hone their skills in delivering critical information.                    

A current list of 5in15 host locations is continuously evolving, and individuals or sport organizations interested in being a part of this movement by serving on a panel or offering an option for hosting can contact First15 Director of Performance, Katie Wurst at kwurst@first15sport.com.  As dates and locations are confirmed, information will be made available at www.first15sport.com.     

5in15 Panel Details - Salt Lake City

Date/Time:  July 7th from 8-9pm MST

Location:  Fort Douglas Post Theatre – 245 Fort Douglas Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Featured Speakers:  Pete Steinberg (Women Eagles Head Coach), Jennifer Gray (USA Rugby Director of Operations), Katie Wurst (First15 Director of Performance)

Registration Fee: $10 per person or $100 per team (All proceeds go directly to the Women Eagles).  Cash, check or card accepted at the door.