Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme

Why complete the Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme at Scottish Rugby?

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


Depending on the Modern Apprentice Community Coach programme you undertake, your duties will be to:

  • be employed full time with Scottish Rugby
  • deliver a 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
  • meet the deadlines set for portfolio completion to achieve the MA Award
  • act as a role model and ambassador for Scottish Rugby
  • achieve a variety of coaching and associated qualifications
  • comply with all health and safety and child protection procedures
  • attend all Scottish Rugby in-service training and local council development training as required

Career Opportunities

  • The skills you learn throughout your programme will equip you for careers in rugby and sport development

  • Many previous graduates of this programme have become Development Officers and work in administrative roles within Scottish Rugby. Others have gone on to do Sport Development courses at College and University and even Physical Education at University.

What you will study

Entry Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.


 Programme Session

 MA Community Coach Level 2

 MA Community Coach Level 3


National Minimum wage

National Minimum Wage


Modern Apprentice Community Coaches will also be provided with a small travel allowance

How to Apply

Applications to the Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme should be made directly to Scottish Rugby via our Eventbrite online application form.

The completed online application form should be submitted no later than the closing date of (date tbc) where successful candidates will be invited to interview.

Applications will be open from March 2015 with a start date in August 2015


Please contact Paul Kesterton, Education Manager ( |07817 970508) should you have any questions.


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