The IRB strategic plan approved on November 2004 identified the need to improve the competitiveness of both Tier One (top ten competitive Unions) and Tier Two Unions (the next seven Unions three of whom are in Oceania/Pacific).
As part of the IRB Tier Two initiative and investment, the IRB appointed High Performance Managers to implement and monitor high performance strategies.
Within Fiji the key elements looked at in terms of high performance include athletes, athlete pathway, coaches, coaching structures, existing domestic competition structures, equipment and facilities (this includes the upgrading of gymnasiums and rugby pitches), sports science and sports medicine.
Role of HPU
To improve the standard of play in Fiji so the Flying Fijians regularly make the quarterfinals and semi-finals at any given RWC.
To support all national teams’ (Flying Fijians, Warriors, Digicel Fiji 7s, Fiji U20, Fijiana) preparation and competition programmes.
To provide the direction and management of the international and domestic elite players’ training and competition environment thereby improving the international success and status of rugby for all Fijian national teams.
1. High Performance (HP) Infrastructure
Licensed Training Centres with Gymnasiums x 6, gym equipment, on and off field equipment – scrum machines, balls, hit shields etc and high performance offices.
2. High Performance management and daily training environment
HP staff – coaches, managers, fitness trainers, sports science and specialised coaches.
Scholarship players (senior and academy) accommodation, meals, transportation, training allowances & health insurance.
3. Union Infrastructure
HP coaching development, HP manager development, HP fitness trainer development.
HP sports science development and HP referee development.
HPU Funding and Strategic Initiative (SI) Agreement
The HPU receives all funding from the International Rugby Board Trust (IRBT) from which all funds are to be dedicated to servicing the needs of the HPU. In 2009 the strategic initiatives (SI) union agreement was renewed with the IRBT for four years thereby ensuring funds are available for the HPU until 2012.
The HPU has many rigorous checks and balances that need to be followed in order to see that the money is being spent responsibly and within the proposed areas set out in the HP plan. Funding is transferred to the HPU in quarterly instalments corresponding to the approved HP budget. Prior to receiving the next quarter’s funding, the HPU must provide audited books of the previous quarters income and expenditure against the proposed budget as well as a detailed report of the HPUs activities for each quarter against the agreed-to KPIs and corresponding strategic plan of the HPU.
Outcome Goals (2008/9 to 2012)
Current HPU Activities – Jan 2012
Listed below are a number of the major activities that the FRU HPU has been engaged in, in the 1st quarter of 2012:
Major plans for the year 2012