Scottish Rugby has launched a club and schools strategy that will be implemented in the next two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16), which has been supported with sportscotland funding.
The strategy outlines key objectives including a revised coaching model, plans for online training resources and amendments for minimum standards for coaches at certain levels.
Through a consultation period from November 2013 to February 2014, Scottish Rugby's coach development department met with coaches, teachers, clubs, schools and universities to establish a clear picture for coach development, and to develop an understanding around what coaches believe to be priority areas.
Neil Graham, Scottish Rugby's head of coach development, said: "This sphere is a vital ingredient to the success of our game, and we are dedicated to delivering quality qualifications and enhancing age-specific resources to assist coaches to develop their players to their full potential.
Through the process of developing a new coaching strategy, we have been able to secure additional funding from sportscotland to deliver additional UKCC courses. As a result of this additional funding, we are now able to offer double the amount of UKCC level 1 courses than last season.”
The consultation process highlighted several areas for Scottish Rugby to focus on over the coming years:
The full strategy document can be found by clicking here - www.scottishrugby.org/get-involved/coach.