Clan Youth Rugby adheres to the principles as outlined by the Long Term Rugby Development strategy from Rugby Canada:

Rugby Canada is launching a Long Term Rugby Development (LTRD) strategy (2007-2015) providing the blueprint for all stakeholders involved with rugby players of all ages and abilities. We are doing this in conjunction with Sport Canada and believe this policy will be a significant milestone for the development of rugby in Canada.

The objective of LTRD is to align the sport of rugby in Canada to produce more skilful players, and a thriving game supported by quality coaches, officials and volunteers at all levels of the game in Canada.
It is directed at achieving optimal training, performance, competition, and recovery throughout the career of a player.

LTRD represents a critical piece of the puzzle and requires the commitment of coaches, administrators, volunteers, officials, leaders, and players in the game to put the plan into action for the future.

The model was developed by the Rugby Canada LTRD expert group, in consultation with Rugby Canada staff, coaches, volunteers, and other stakeholders within Canadian Rugby. Rugby Canada is not alone in developing such a policy. Every sport in Canada is engaged in a similar exercise and we have worked with them and international rugby unions to share best practice ideas and information. Once adopted LTRD will be the policy framework for how rugby will be developed across Canada in partnership with our member Unions, clubs and players.

LTRD has become the basis for all other national directives in the game of rugby. Its beginning influences can been found in Rugby Canada's approach to game development, coach and referee accreditation, SAFE RUGBY, and an increased level of domestic and international competitions for our elite athletes.


Rugby Canada’s LTRD model consists of an 8-stage player development pathway beginning with an introduction to physical activity and sport through to elite participation in rugby. The model is structured around chronological age; however, its principles and specific content are based on a player’s developmental age. 

Specifically, the first three stages encourage physical literacy and sport for all. Basic skills that are rugby specific are introduced in stage 2 and further developed in stage 3 in a predominantly recreational environment.

The next four stages (4, 5, 6, and 7) focus on excellence with more emphasis on building, optimizing and maximizing rugby-specific skills in a competitive, well-structured environment. Stage 8 encourages life-long physical activity and involvement in rugby. Players can enter this stage at any time.