Schools and Youth Competitions

​Rugby has the potential to make a significant impact on young people’s lives and to learn valuable life-skills. We are a sport committed to the development of leadership, enjoyment, achievement, engagement and respect.

Expanding the school and youth game is integral to increasing player numbers at all levels. The programmes we run focus on encouraging more children, from across Scotland, to take up rugby and continue to play through their teenage years and beyond.

Scottish Rugby supports schools and clubs in their partnerships with Club Development Officers and Community Coaches. We have expanded our CashBack Schools of Rugby, where pupils in S1-S3 take part in up to five sessions per week with a focus on developing core skills, physical competence and establishing new rugby teams.

Our schools and youth playing structures are ‘Player centred, development driven and competition supported’, aiming to provide meaningful playing opportunities across all elements of the youth and schools game. The playing programme include Conferences competitions (clubs and schools play to a ‘whole v whole’ format across their whole youth programme; Regional Leagues, Cups and development fixtures/festivals; and National Cup competitions.

To see the latest results and upcoming fixtures in the club game, visit our Fixtures & Results section.

Useful links and Resources

This short video provides a quick reminder about the off-field ‘Kick-Off’ essentials.

Schools & Youth National Competition 2023/24

Schools & Youth Kick Off Pack 2023/24

Schools & Youth National Competition Rules 2023/24

This short video highlights and explains Player Eligibility and Game-time regulations and best practice.

inspiresport Conference/League Winners Certificate Template

Key Messages Infographic Sheet 2023/24

2-Year Banding in Boys’ Rugby

National Schools Cup Competition Programme 2023/24

National Youth Cup Competition Programme 2023/24

National Youth Plate Competition Programme 2023/24

School Conference Partnership Agreement 2023/24

Player Welfare

Player Welfare

Player Welfare Action Plan

Concussion Hub


SCRUMS Youth Player Registration Guide

​Children’s Activity Workbook

Download Scottish Rugby’s Education & Activity workbook, supporting child-centred learning at home. A fun, educational and rugby specific workbook approved by Teachers. Activities are related specifically to Rugby Union and can be completed as a full workbook or individual worksheets, each section supports your child’s area of interest, school work or family projects.

Share your children’s progress on social media by tagging @Scotlandteam and using the hashtag #EveryonesGame.

Children’s Activity Workbook


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