Get Into Coaching

Getting Started

Whether you are new to rugby, a former player looking to give something back to the game or a parent who wants to help their child experience rugby, coaching provides the perfect opportunity to get yourself involved. Coaching can be a rich and satisfying experience and is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union

The role of the coach varies greatly depending on the level at which the team operates. At grass roots level it’s about developing players - technically and personally - while at international level the coach is responsible for team selection, performance and results. A coach takes on many interchangeable roles, such as leader, manager, teacher and organiser. The coach needs to have a knowledge of the game and its laws, motivation, physical fitness and an understanding of how to coach and improve players.

Long term player development (LTPD) is a player-centred approach to achieving a player’s full potential throughout their involvement in rugby:



Player Welfare 

Scottish Rugby recognises and understands the significant social and health benefits that the sport delivers for its players. However, rugby is a contact sport and as such, at Scottish Rugby, player welfare is the number one priority. 

Education of the best techniques to train and play is central for players being physically and mentally prepared for the game, and is at the core of all coach education.

Scottish Rugby implements a number of programmes and policies to help coaches manage player welfare whilst they train and play:



Every rugby club in Scotland must ensure that ALL their mini and youth coaches has a PVG Disclosure Scotland check and that Scottish Rugby is in receipt of their PVG number by Monday 14 August 2017. 

Any mini or youth coach without a PVG Disclosure Scotland check must be removed from Scottish Rugby’s active coaching database and cannot coach youth rugby until they have completed the PVG Disclosure Scotland process. 

Scottish Rugby will continue to monitor a club’s compliance in this area across the season from Monday 14 August 2017.

Please click here for a useful flowchart displaying the steps that clubs need to take to process PVG checks for their youth coaches.

Please note, if a club is working with a school and sending their coaches into that school to coach, it is the club’s responsibility to ensure that the coach has a PVG Disclosure Scotland check, not the school.

Please visit Child Protection for further information. 

Training & Education Pathway

In order to improve the quality and quantity of Scotland’s rugby players, Scottish Rugby aims to provide a clear pathway for coach education and development, to support clubs and schools in their recruitment and development of coaches. Our aim is to ensure that coaches with the right skills, knowledge and attributes are developed and deployed at every age and stage of a player’s development. Getting the right coaches with the right ethos and training at the right time is paramount to ensure that players’ needs are met.

For those interested in becoming a qualified coach, the model below details the appropriate coach education and development requirements for coaches as they progress through their coaching journey. The model is player-centred and based on the capacities of players at various stages and development. 

Coach education takes the form of formal learning including UKCC Level 1-4 Qualifications and World Rugby Qualifications, (Strength & Conditioning, Coaching 7s, First Aid in Rugby) while coach development opportunities involve CPD Workshops & Conferences.

Scottish Rugby advises that all coaches are accredited at the appropriate level and continue to develop themselves throughout their coaching participation. For those involved in mini rugby (P4-7) the UK Coaching Certificate Level 1 qualification is the minimum standard for coaching children in Scotland. 

Information for UKCC Level 1-4 qualifications, World Rugby qualifications, CPD workshops and Conferences can be found here.


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