Coaching Rugby Union


Coaching Rugby Union

Coaching is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union as well as improving performance at all levels. Coaches work with a vast range of performers - some seeking enjoyment and purposeful participation, others concerned with making a living and some driven to achieve international honours. To be an effective coach, you will need to fulfil a number of different roles involving the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects demanded by the game.

The quality of coaching is important to all, and whatever your reason for being involved, Scottish Rugby are committed to offering a coaching development service to help you become as good a coach as you can be.

Coaches should visit Introduction to Coaching Rugby to inform themselves on how to become a rugby coach, where to start and how to coach appropriately to the age and stage of your players.

Coaching Qualifications and Courses

Scottish Rugby launched the RugbyReady campaign in 2009 to ensure a consistent approach to player safety across Scotland. All rugby coaches, teachers and referees must complete a RugbyReady Practical course before working with players in Scotland.

Becoming a qualified coach has never been easier. Scottish Rugby are equipped to help you through this process and have a range of Level 1-3 UK Coaching Certificate Programmes that are offered throughout the country to help fulfil your potential. 

Enhance your coaching skills and gain recognised qualifications by completing Specialist Courses, Workshops and CPD activities. These include World Rugby Level 1 in First Aid, Coaching Rugby 7s and Strength & Conditioning as well as ScrumReady and the Specialist Skills Programme. 


Scottish Rugby have developed a variety of resources to support coaches in player development. These are available online and range from articles, downloads, drills, activities to coaching manuals and reports. 

Modern Apprentice Programme

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. Applications for 2015/6 will be available in March 2015.  


Should you have any questions or seek further information on coaching development activities in your area, please contact a member of the Coach Development Team


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