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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Course Outline

During the 2021-22 season, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Coaching Essentials course will be delivered via a mixture of taught online and face-to-face practical modules.

  • Module 1 – Taught online (2hrs)
  • Module 2 – Taught online (2hrs)
  • Module 3 – Face-to-face practical (3hrs)

Coaches must attend all 3 modules and undertake the 2021-22 RugbyRight e-learning course to complete the course. Certificates will be issued automatically on SCRUMS once all modules are complete.

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) which provides details on how the practical modules will delivered in line with Scottish Government restriction.


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 certificate will be available to download via your SCRUMS profile, as well as information on next steps.

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