Get Into Coaching

Get Into Coaching

Whether you are new to rugby, a former player looking to give something back to the game or a parent who wants to help their child experience rugby, coaching provides the perfect opportunity to get yourself involved. Coaching can be a rich and satisfying experience and is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union

New coaches should contact their local Development Officer for advice on getting involved in coaching within their club as well as information on any upcoming 'Start Rugby Coaching' workshops.

Minimum Standards

Rugby is a highly physical game. To enjoy it to its utmost you need to be physically and mentally prepared. You also need to understand how to play safely.

To ensure best practice is being followed, we require that all active coaches in clubs and schools complete the RugbyRight online course. This educates, aids and supports players, coaches and match officials on the importance of sufficient preparation for training and playing in order for rugby to be played and enjoyed, while reducing the risk of serious injury. RugbyRight also contains a Laws application update. 


What to Coach and How to Coach it

The role of the coach varies greatly depending on the level at which the team operates. At grass roots level it’s about developing players - technically and personally - while at international level the coach is responsible for team selection, performance and results. A coach takes on many interchangeable roles, such as leader, manager, teacher and organiser. The coach needs to have a knowledge of the game and its laws, motivation, physical fitness and an understanding of how to coach and improve players.

At Scottish Rugby, we have developed an interactive online Training Hub to help you coach appropriately for the age and stage of the players you are working with. 

Coach Education Pathway

In order to improve the quality and quantity of Scotland’s rugby players, Scottish Rugby aims to provide a clear pathway for coach education and development, to support clubs and schools in their recruitment and development of coaches. Our aim is to ensure that coaches with the right skills, knowledge and attributes are developed and deployed at every age and stage of a player’s development. Getting the right coaches with the right ethos and training at the right time is paramount to ensure that players’ needs are met.

For those interested in becoming a qualified coach, the model below details the appropriate coach education and development requirements for coaches as they progress through their coaching journey. The model is player-centred and based on the capacities of players at various stages and development. 

Scottish Rugby advises that all coaches are accredited at the appropriate level and continue to develop themselves throughout their coaching participation. For those involved in mini rugby (P4-7) the UK Coaching Certificate Level 1 qualification is the minimum standard for coaching children in Scotland. 

Coach education takes the form of formal learning including UKCC Level 1-4 Qualifications and World Rugby Strength & Conditioning Qualifications while coach development opportunities involve CPD Workshops & Conferences


Please contact Claire Scott: [email protected] | 0131 346 5167 should you have any questions


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