UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union

UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union

​Working with children in rugby union is a rewarding experience, and this qualification offers guidance on developing the child through the game.

It will qualify you to coach and referee (game coaching) children in rugby union; through your work you will be better able to develop core skills and core values in young players in an active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe environment.

Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age before day 1 of a UKCC Level 1 course taking place. Attendees must also complete the RugbyRight online training course and a Disclosure Scotland PVG Check through your rugby club or school:


Every rugby club in Scotland must ensure that ALL their mini and youth coaches have a PVG Disclosure Scotland check. Any mini or youth coach without a PVG disclosure should not be taking part in any coaching activities until they have completed the PVG Disclosure Scotland process.

Please view the Child Protection area of the website for a useful flowchart displaying the steps that clubs need to take to process PVG checks for their youth coaches.

Please note, if a club is working with a school and sending their coaches into that school to coach, it is the responsibility of the club and not the school to ensure that the coach has a PVG Disclosure Scotland check.

Please visit our Child Protection area for further information.


On completion coaches will be able to:

  • Demonstrate equitable qualities appropriate to the role and responsibilities of a rugby union coach of children
  • Understand the principles of coaching
  • Know how to plan, establish and maintain a safe coaching environment including player welfare and safeguarding children
  • Understand how to plan and support the delivery of activities that are age and stage appropriate for all players
  • Understand the Technical Blueprint: Mini Rugby Principles of Play
  • Understand how to develop own coaching practice


This course is organised by approved coaching centres and delivered by Scottish Rugby accredited coach educators. It will last approximately 19 hours (14 hours on course, 5 hours home study) and coaches must attend all sessions to receive the final qualification.


This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. Competencies can be demonstrated through practical demonstrations, completion of workbook and involvement in group discussions. It involves both indoor and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions.

World Rugby Recommended Prior Learning

Online self-check assessments:

World Rugby First Aid in Rugby

World Rugby Laws

World Rugby Strength & Conditioning

World Rugby Concussion Management


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 £65. If you do not coach with one of our member clubs and schools then you must pay the unsubsidised price of £200.

Due to the current circumstances, our courses have been postponed. Please check back here for further course updates.

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