Coaching Essentials

The coaching essential courses in available to all new or novice coaches for whom this is their first coaching course. Coaches must be minimum 15 years of age to complete the course and must be actively coaching within a club or school.

Course Aims

The coaching essentials course aims to equip coaches with practical tools to enhance their coaching, covering 3 key areas:

How to create a positive and safe learning environment where all players are valued, and the aim is to provide high levels of activity, fun, and enjoyment.

Developing game understanding and skills through a game-based approach to training.

Developing individual players skills and techniques through a player centred approach.

The course also includes a tackle/contact safety session to ensure safe practice at all levels of the game, and to raise awareness of concussion protocols.

Download the Coaching Essentials Course Descriptor

Coaches must be a minimum of 15 years of age to attend and must be actively coaching within a club or school. Coaches of mini, youth or adult teams can attend, with specific content tailored to specific age groups.

Pre-course learning

All coaches must have completed the following before attending the course:

  • RugbyRight (available via SCRUMS)
  • PVG check (if coaching mini or youth rugby)



In conjunction with sportscotland, Scottish Rugby is able to subsidise the course cost for those coaches and teachers working within our member and associate clubs, schools and universities to grow the game at a price of £40 (inc VAT).


Booking and Certification

All course bookings are administered via the SCRUMS system. To book onto one of the courses below you will need to register and create a profile on SCRUMS (if you don’t have an account already). Once you have completed your course, your course completion will be available to view on your SCRUMS profile, as well as information on next steps.

Course Dates & Times

Book now 25 May (9am-5pm) Caledonia North – Deeside RFC
Book now 29 May & 5 June (6.30pm – 9pm) East – Meadowmill (East Lothian)
Book now 12 June (6pm – 9pm) & 16 June (9am – 12.30pm) East – Edinburgh Accies
Book now 16 June (9am – 5pm) Glasgow North – Allan Glen’s RFC
Book now 23 June (9am – 5pm) Glasgow North – Cambuslang RFC
Book now 7 July (9am – 5pm) Glasgow North – Helensburgh RFC
Book now 12 July (11am – 6pm) East – Forrester RFC
Book now 13 July (9am – 5pm) Caledonia North (Garioch RFC)
Book now 21 July (9am – 5pm) Glasgow South – Irvine RFC
Book now 27 July (9am – 5pm) Caledonia Midlands – Dunfermline RFC
Book now 28 July (9am – 5pm) Glasgow South – Ardrossan Academicals RFC
Book now 28 July (9am – 5pm) Caledonia Midlands – Dundee Rugby
Book now 3 August (9am – 5pm) Caledonia Midlands – Montrose Rugby Club (Female Only)
Book now 3 August (9am – 5pm) Caledonia Midlands – Strathendrick RFC
Book now 4 August (10am – 4pm) East – Currie RFC
Book now 4 August (9am – 5pm) Glasgow North – Cartha Queens Park RFC
Book now 4 August (1pm – 5pm) & 7 August (6pm – 9pm) Glasgow North – GHA RFC
Book now 4 August (10am – 4pm) East – Selkirk RFC
Book now 7 August (6pm – 9pm) & 14 August (6pm – 9pm) Glasgow North – West of Scotland FC
Book now 11 August (9am – 5pm) Glasgow South – Moffat Rugby Club
Book now 18 August (9am – 4pm) East – Watsonians RFC
Book now 25 August (9am – 5pm) East – Musselburgh RFC
Book now 25 August (9am – 5pm) Glasgow North – Lenzie RFC
Book now 7 September (9am – 5pm) Caledonia North – Mackie RFC (Female Only)
Book now 8 September (10am – 4pm) East – Stew Mel Lionesses (Female Only)
Book now 11 & 18 September (6pm – 9pm) Caledonia Midlands – Howe of Fife RFC
Book now 13 September (9am – 5pm) East – Scottish Gas Murrayfield

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