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.

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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 2021-22 (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 3 March (9am-5pm) Caledonia Midlands – Falkirk RFC
Book now 10 March (9am-5pm) Glasgow North – GHK RFC
Book now 23 March (9am-5pm) Glasgow North – Strathaven RFC
Book now 31 March (9am-5pm) Caledonia North – Aberdeen Grammar
Book now 10 & 17 April (6pm-9.30pm) Glasgow South – Ayr RFC
Book now 21 April (9am – 5pm) East – Stewart’s Melville RFC
Book now 21 April (9am-5pm) Glasgow South – Marr RFC
Book now 27 April (9am-5pm) Glasgow South – Dumfries Saints RFC
Book now 28 April (9am-5pm) Glasgow North – West of Scotland FC
Book now 5 May (9am – 5pm) Glasgow South – Newton Stewart RFC
Book now 25 May (9am-5pm) Caledonia North – Deeside RFC

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