Coaching Children Rugby Union

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

UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union 

Working with children in rugby union is a rewarding experience, and this qualification 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. 

Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age before day 1 of a UKCC Level 1 course taking place. Attendees must also complete the RugbyRight online training course and a Disclosure Scotland PVG Check through your rugby club or school:  



Every rugby club in Scotland must ensure that ALL their mini and youth coaches has a PVG Disclosure Scotland check and that Scottish Rugby is in receipt of their PVG number by Monday 14 August 2017. 

Any mini or youth coach without a PVG Disclosure Scotland check must be removed from Scottish Rugby’s active coaching database and cannot coach youth rugby until they have completed the PVG Disclosure Scotland process. 

Scottish Rugby will continue to monitor a club’s compliance in this area across the season from Monday 14 August 2017.

Please click here for a useful flowchart displaying the steps that clubs need to take to process PVG checks for their youth coaches.

Please note, if a club is working with a school and sending their coaches into that school to coach, it is the club’s responsibility to ensure that the coach has a PVG Disclosure Scotland check, not the school.

Please visit Child Protection for further information. 


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 including player welfare and safeguarding children
  • Understand how to plan and support the delivery of activities that are age and stage appropriate for all players
  • Understand the Technical Blueprint: Mini Rugby Principles of Play
  • 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 19 hours (14 hours on course, 5 hours home study) and coaches must attend all sessions to receive the final qualification


This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. Competencies can be demonstrated through practical demonstrations, completion of workbook and involvement in group discussions.  It involves both indoor and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. 


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 £65. If you do not coach with one of our member clubs and schools then you must pay the unsubsidised price of £200.

Courses 2017/18

Select the 'APPLY NOW' link on the venue you wish to attend, where this will take you to the Eventbrite online registration page. 

Borders & East Lothian


Wednesday 6 December 2017 (6pm-9pm), Friday 8 December 2017 (6pm-9pm), Sunday 10 December 2017 (9am-5pm) 


Wednesday 2 May 2018 (6pm-9pm), Friday 4 May 2018 (6pm-9pm), Sunday 6 May 2018 (9am-5pm) 

BT Murrayfield - APPLY NOW
Wednesday 24 January 2018 (6pm-9pm), Friday 26 January 2018 (6pm-9pm), Sunday 28 January 2018 (9am-5pm)
Glasgow & The West
Waysiders Drumpellier RFC - APPLY NOW
Wednesday 8 November 2017 (6pm-9pm), Friday 10 November 2017 (6pm-9pm), Sunday 12 November 2017 (9am-5pm)
University West of Scotland (Ayr Campus)- APPLY NOW
Wednesday 14 March 2018 (6pm-9pm), Friday 16 March 2018 (6pm-9pm), Sunday 18 March 2018 (9am-5pm)


Saturday 4 November 2017 (9am-5pm), Sunday 5 November 2017 (9am-5pm)
Locharber RFC - APPLY NOW
Saturday 2nd December (9am - 5pm) and Sunday 3rd December (9am - 5pm) 2017
Perthshire RFC - APPLY NOW
Monday 8 January 2018 (6pm-9pm), Monday 15 January 2018 (6pm-9pm), Sunday 21 January 2018 (9am-5pm)
Howe of Fife RFC - APPLY NOW
Wednesday 7 March 2018 (6.30pm-9.00pm), Friday 9 March 2018 (6.30pm-9.00pm), Sunday 11th March 2018 (9.00am-5.00pm


For enquiries, please contact [email protected]

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