Online coach development model

To help coaches plan their development from starting coaching through to coaching mini,midi, junior, colts and senior rugby an online model has been developed by the RFU to help coaches plan their next steps in the development ladder.

Coaches can look at the coaching development model and enter their current coaching level and which courses they have already attended. With this information, the model suggets a menu of courses that will help them choose their next steps.

To view the coach development model go to the following link
Coach Development Model

Latest News 25/6/15

Level 1 and level 2 plus referee courses details for the 2015-16 season are now available. Just click on the links to view the dates available. The posters include links which will allow prospective volunteers to quickly access the online booking site, and make their enrolment easier.
Level 1 courses
Level 2 courses
Referee courses

Booking Courses

You can now Search for and book a course on-line. This is the best method to use. Click on the link. Search for and book a course

Alternatively Courses can be booked through Carnegie Coach Education Administrator Leeds Metropolitan University by phone 0113 812 7437 or e-mail coacheducation@leedsmet.ac.uk



Foundation Courses


Rugby Ready

Everybody involved in coaching, refereeing and playing rugby needs a sense of safe practice. The IRB Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help stakeholders manage the inherent risks of the sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place.

The course lasts for approximately three hours and is practical-based. There is no formal assessment, and the course is delivered by an accredited coach educator.

At the conclusion of the course you will have gained:

  • An understanding of how to deliver a safe and enjoyable practical session
  • Knowledge of how to coach and improve contact skills & particularly the tackle
  • Knowledge of how to coach and improve scrummage engagement skills
  • Knowledge of contact skills

Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby is a fast-moving, non-contact invasion game suitable for boys and girls to play together. The key to the game is enjoyment, with running and handling skills to the fore.

The Start Coaching Tag Rugby course lasts for approximately three hours and is practical-based. There is no formal assessment, and the course is delivered by an accredited coach educator.

The course is delivered through a game sense approach, and is accompanied by a supporting DVD. At the conclusion of the course you will have gained:

  • An understanding of how to deliver a safe and enjoyable practical session
  • Knowledge of how to coach and improve skills through games
  • An understanding of the application of a game sense approach
  • Knowledge of the rules of tag rugby
  • The ability to apply of the rules of tag rugby (refereeing)

Qualification Courses


Level 1

Coaching Children Rugby Union - UKCC Level 1
The next stage on the evolutionary journey has been identified by the emerging Player & Coach Development Models. These clearly recognise the ever changing needs of players as they grow and develop and the specific skills of the coach required to meet those needs. The Level 1 course provides coaches with the knowledge, skills and attributes essential in developing children’s social, personal, physical and mental skills in conjunction with the technical and tactical aspects of the game of Rugby Union.

In order to develop confident, competent, decision making players it is necessary to develop confident, competent, decision making people. This goes beyond rugby and requires knowledge other than technical and tactical. This course will cover a number of important areas associated with child development, including; developing fundamental movement skills and – Confidence, Competence Creativity, Connection (teamwork), Character & caring – The 5Cs - through rugby union.

With this in mind
From February 1st, the UKCC Level 1 in Coaching Rugby Union will become the UKCC Level 1 in Coaching Children Rugby Union
The course will be for coaches who work with players up to U12 (Mini / Midi)
Rugby Ready remains a prerequisite, with attendance at the Tag course recommended
Typical delivery will consist of 1 full day (Saturday or Sunday) followed by a period of home study and attendance at an evening module approx. 10 days later with the final day (Saturday or Sunday) taking place 10 days after the evening module. This format gives coaches the opportunity to reflect on and or apply their learning at their club or school and complete home study elements of the course.
Course fee will remain at £105 inc VAT


Level 2

The RFU Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union - UKCC Level 2
Coaches working in the Youth and Adult game (U13 upwards) will be expected to attend a new qualification. The RFU Coaching Award, which will be Level 2 equivalent. This course, as with the children’s course, will reflect the environment the coach practices in i.e. the 15 a side game. Whilst there will still be an emphasis on the knowledge, skills and attributes of the coach and how they utilise both coaching process and session delivery methods greater attention will be given to the application of the principles of play, the tactical aspects of defence and attack as well as the use of key factors in building and playing from set piece.

Format: Delivery is on four separate single days, spread over a period of between 8 – 12 weeks, with guided home study and research between days using web based resources. Coaches may be required to apply their research and learning between attendances in the form of one or more coaching sessions.

With this in mind - From 1st May 2012 the UKCC Level 2 in Coaching Rugby Union will become the UKCC Level 2 RFU Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union - The course is an entry level course for a coach working in the 15 a side game.

Prerequisites agreed by the UK Source Group are: - As current process – Level 1 plus appropriate CPD - Coaching in the 15 a side game Or - Coaching in the 15 a side game - Attended Scrum Factory - Attended Rugby Ready - Attended at least one CPD course at Youth or Adult Level

Course fee - Course fee will remain £180 inc VAT - At the point of application coaches will be required to confirm that they are coaching the 15 a side game and supply their previous coaching and playing experiences.


CPD Courses


Continuous Personal Development
Many of these courses can be organised at your club, or a group of clubs and schools (club cluster) through the Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) who should liaise with their local Coach Development Officer (CDO) to establish need, delivery and viability. Courses usually cost £15 per person including VAT, which includes delivery and resources.

Clubs wishing to host a CPD event should have a screen and projector (although this can be arranged through the CDO) and must have training or floodlights for evening practical courses.

List of CPD courses available

  • The Lineout Game (PDF 168kB)
  • Maul and Ruck (PDF 170kB)
  • Continuity in Attack (PDF 168kB)
  • Defence in Phase Play (PDF 168kB)
  • Coaching Children in Rugby Union (PDF 560kB)
  • Performance Profiling (PDF 165kB)
  • Goal Setting (PDF 166kB)
  • Back Play from Set Pieces (PDF 192kB)
  • Game Planning (PDF 186kB)
  • Performance Analysis (PDF 180kB)
  • Planning and Periodisation (PDF 189kB)
  • Team Selection (188 kB)
  • At a glance CPD Course (PDF 91kB)
  • Understanding the Kicking Game (PDF 200kB)
  • Half Back Play (PDF 219 kB)
  • The Scrum Factory (PDF 213kB

Referee Courses


There is a range of support available for match officials at all levels.

For new or inexperienced referees, the Entry Level Referee Award (ELRA) offers an outstanding introduction to refereeing a game of rugby union and will equip you with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. The ELRA is recognised by the RFU as a formal refereeing qualification.

If you are only refereeing mini and midi matches you may wish to attend the mini midi refereeing course. This is not recognised by the RFU as a formal qualification; however, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance and it will equip you with the basic knowledge required to referee at mini midi levels.. For society match officials there are a range of other refereeing courses.

ELRA (Entry Level Refereeing Award)

This is the introduction to refereeing rugby union and the ideal place to start your officiating career. Take a look at the ELRA course content (PDF 12kB) to find out more.

ELRA course content

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