Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme

The Modern Apprentice community coach programme is a partnership between Scottish Rugby and rugby clubs, schools or local authorities and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Our Modern Apprentices gain valuable experience and professional qualifications in rugby coaching, child protection, refereeing and first aid.

Full time posts are available in various locations throughout Scotland.

We offer a vocational qualification pathway, linked to local rugby clubs which involves working towards a Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in Sports Coaching: Rugby Union or Level 3 in Leisure Managment


Depending on the programme you are in, your duties will be:

  • deliver programme for primary or secondary school aged children during curriculum and after school
  • create and manage school-to-club links
  • deliver high quality rugby coaching sessions to schools and clubs
  • organise club youth programmes
  • organise rugby festivals and events
  • assist and manage the administration of local rugby development
  • assist with and manage the monitoring of rugby activity in the local area
  • complete a portfolio for the MA Award
  • act as a role model and ambassador for Scottish Rugby
  • achieve a variety of coaching and associated qualifications
  • employed full time with Scottish Rugby.

Interested candidates should be aged 16-19 years old and not in full-time education or employment. You will also need to have a club, school or local authority as a sponsor.

If you have difficulty identifying a suitable sponsor, please contact for assistance.

Skills and experience

Candidates will be employed full time with Scottish Rugby as Modern Apprentice Community Coaches.

Successful candidates will be expected to comply with all health and safety and child protection procedures, and attend all Scottish Rugby in-service training and local council development training as required. Candidates will also be required to meet the deadlines set for portfolio completion.

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in rugby with experience of coaching rugby and/or working with children/young people being advantageous. Computer literacy with working knowledge of MS Office packages (Word and Outlook) is essential. 

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate good written and oral communication skills and demonstrate good organisational and time keeping skills.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2014/5 entry. 


Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator ( 0131 346 5167; 07773 082924) should you have any questions.

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