Coaching Essentials

Coaching Essentials

The coaching essential courses in available to all new or novice coaches for whom this is their first coaching course. Coaches must be minimum 15 years of age to complete the course and must be actively coaching within a club or school.

Course Aims

The coaching essentials course aims to equip coaches with practical tools to enhance their coaching, covering 3 key areas:

How to create a positive and safe learning environment where all players are valued, and the aim is to provide high levels of activity, fun, and enjoyment.

Developing game understanding and skills through a game-based approach to training.

Developing individual players skills and techniques through a player centred approach.

The course also includes a tackle/contact safety session to ensure safe practice at all levels of the game, and to raise awareness of concussion protocols.

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Coaches must be a minimum of 15 years of age to attend and must be actively coaching within a club or school. Coaches of mini, youth or adult teams can attend, with specific content tailored to specific age groups.

Pre-course learning

All coaches must have completed the following before attending the course:

  • RugbyRight 2021-22 (available via SCRUMS)
  • PVG check (if coaching mini or youth rugby)

Please also download the pre-course information pack (available here).


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 £30 (inc VAT).

Booking and Certification

From July 2021 all course bookings will be administered via the SCRUMS system. To book onto one of the courses below you will need to register and create a profile on SCRUMS (if you don’t have an account already). Once you have completed your course, your course completion will be available to view on your SCRUMS profile, as well as information on next steps.

Course Dates & Times

Date and Time Location
29 January (11am-5pm)

Glasgow South - Annan RFC (Female Only)

6 February (10am-4pm)

Glasgow North - Lenzie RFC

12 February (9am-4pm)

East - Meadowmill Sports Centre

13 February (10am-5pm)

North - Highland RFC

19 February (10am-5pm)

North - Garioch RFC

20 February (10am-5pm)

Glasgow North - Cambuslang RFC

6 March (10-4pm)

Caledonia Midlands - Howe of Fife

7 March (6pm-9.30pm) & 14 March (6pm-9.30pm)

Glasgow North - Biggar RFC

20 March (10am-5pm)

North - Aberdeen Grammar RFC

20 March (9am-4pm)

East - Livingston RFC

27 March (10am-5pm)

North - Mackie Academy FP RFC

23 April (10am-4pm)

Glasgow South - Stewartry RFC

15 May (9am-4pm)

East - BT Murrayfield

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