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Coaching Rugby Union

A coach gives orders to his young troops

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Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union, securing the future and quality of the English game. To be an effective coach, you will need to fulfil a number of different roles, covering the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects demanded by our game.

The RFU is committed to offering a world-leading coaching development service, from helping volunteers who want to coach junior tag rugby on a Sunday morning to assisting people who aim to reach a professional coaching standard.

In addition to the coaching resources available in this section of the website, the following link also provides a collection of dedicated lesson plans to help teachers coach rugby in schools.

RFU Coaching Courses

We have a range of practical and theoretical courses to cover these differing aspirations, offered in all parts of the country. For details please view all available course dates for levels 1-4. The RFU has also pioneered coach licensing and coach educator schemes, which aim to raise the standards of professional development in both coaches and those who train and assess them.

A rugby coach directs two youth player

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The RFU maintains an extensive resource library for coaches, with coaching sessions and tips on topics ranging from psychology to kicking and from tackling technique to developing leaders, plus much more.

Coaches can use the RFU Introduction To Rugby Booklet (PDF 2.8MB) to help inform themselves, parents and new players about the basics of rugby.

Coaching remains a valuable and rewarding way to get or stay involved in rugby union, and with an RFU qualification getting started as a coach is extremely straightforward.

Coaching Development Matrix

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Coaching Development Matrix

The RFU's Coaching Development Matrix is a valuable tool to help you reap the maximum benefits from our resources. By pinpointing your current level of coaching proficiency and identifying the next steps in your training path, including recommended RFU-supported courses, the Coaching Development Matrix will guide you in fulfilling your coaching potential. 

Online Course Booking

The RFU online course booking system allows you to search by course type, region, postcode or date before booking and paying for your course.

Employment Status of Coaches: A Guide for Employers/Deployers and Coaches

Rugby clubs who are think of employing coaches or employing or deploying coaches on their behalf should read the attached document from sports coach UK:

Employment Status of Coaches A Guide for Employers/Deployers and Coaches