Coaching Children Rugby Union

Qualifications for Coaching Children Rugby Union (Primary 4-7)

Below is an outline of each qualification (current or proposed) within the coach education model relating to coaching children rugby union. A key change in approach is the integration of refereeing content into a number of qualifications, notably the entry level courses. 

Coaching Children Rugby Union (UKCC Level 1)

Working with Children in Rugby Union is a rewarding experience, and this qualification course offers guidance on developing the whole child through the game. It will qualify you to coach and referee (game coaching) children in Rugby Union; through your work you will be better able to develop core skills and core values in young players in an active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe environment. 


On completion coaches will be able to:-

  • Demonstrate equitable qualities appropriate to the role and responsibilities of rugby union coach of children
  • Understand the principles of coaching
  • Know how to plan, establish and maintain a safe coaching environment
  • Understand how to plan and support the delivery of activities that are age and stage appropriate for all players
  • Understand how to develop own coaching practice


This course is organised by approved coaching centres and delivered by Scottish Rugby accredited coach educators. It will last approximately 21 hours (16 hours on course, 5 hours home study) and coaches must attend all three days to receive the final qualification


This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. 


Coaching Mini Rugby (Advanced)

Course Cost: £50

APPLY for the Coaching Mini Rugby (Advanced) 

This new course acts as a progression for UKCC Level 1 qualified coaches, who work with players between P3-P7. It is aimed at lead coaches within mini rugby, and those who are responsible for leading and managing rugby programmes at their club or school (minimum 2 years experience)

The Coaching Mini Rugby (Advanced) course is designed to develop expertise in coaching mini rugby through the understanding and implementation of current coaching theory around coaching children. Through your work you will develop planning and delivery skills, as well as game coaching, game sense and dual goal coaching abilities to ensure players learn in an active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe environment.


 Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator (Email:  Tel: 07773 082924) should you have any questions.


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