Scottish Rugby launches Pro-Coach Masterclass Series 2017/18

Scottish Rugby Coach Development has launched the Pro-Coach Masterclass Series for the 2017/18 season, led by some of the sport’s top coaches.

The free workshops, designed to improve coaches’ understanding of the technical and tactical principles of the game, are available to UK Coaching Certificate Level 2, 3 & 4 qualified coaches across the country.

The programme is linked to the Technical Blueprint - ‘The Scottish Way’ - a framework designed to develop a consistent level of technical understanding across the game for all players, coaches and officials.

Leading the first Masterclass on kicking, Scotland Fullback, Chris Paterson, voiced the significance of developing individual skills.

He said: “I think it is really important to break the game down in to key components and focus on them individually, the Pro Coach Masterclasses are a great way of doing this.

“Wednesday's Pro Coach Masterclass at North Berwick was really enjoyable, it was great to meet, spend time and share ideas with all the coaches and players who came along.”

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend will present on Attack Principles at BT Murrayfield after the Autumn Tests with Assistant Coaches Matt Taylor and Dan McFarland presenting on scrum and defence principles.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie and Edinburgh Rugby Assistant Coaches, Calum MacRae, Duncan Hodge and Roddy Grant, will also present a Masterclasses during the series.

Scottish Rugby Coach Development Manager, Neil Graham, said: “The pro-coach masterclasses were a huge success last season, with over 300 coaches attending from 164 clubs and schools.

“New additions to this year’s line-up include sessions delivered by Scotland 7s coach, John Dalziel, who will focus on Lineout development, and Edinburgh Rugby’s Calum MacRae, who will deliver on Defence principles.

“More than 180 coaches have already signed up, and with limited places available, we’re urging coaches to sign-up soon to avoid disappointment.”

Technical Blueprint resources are available on the Scottish Rugby online Training Hub powered by Hive Learning.

Since launching in partnership with Hive Learning in May 2016, over 6000 coaches and match officials are accessing the online Training Hub, which provides Scottish coaches and match officials with information focused on coach development, strength & conditioning and player welfare.

Coaches can register for free to these workshops at