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Level 1 Rugby Leaders Award


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The Rugby Union Level 1 Rugby Leaders award is designed to be delivered by college staff to their students. We encourage you to deliver this award in a way that best fits your college and students. Examples of how some colleges have done it are:

  • Six- to 12-week scheme of work delivered in a core leadership unit
  • Delivered in extracurricular leadership sessions
  • Delivered during enrichment sessions and tutorials
  • Taught as part of BTEC courses

We want this programme to develop students as confident, capable rugby union leaders but also to have a community delivery element to it as well. This could be achieved in a number of ways:

  • Organise a touch rugby festival at your college
  • Support the coaching of younger rugby teams at your local school or rugby club
  • Provide coaching for primary school pupils
  • Run informal touch rugby at your college
  • Organise a local school touch rugby festival at your local rugby club

The ethos and core values of rugby union learned as part of this course aid the development of young people who will be able to make a positive contribution at college and in the community.

Register here for this free resource, which includes a booklet explaining the resources and outcomes, student certificates, deliverer’s notes and twelve downloadable game cards.

Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union 

Developed in partnership with the RFU, the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership through Rugby Union (QCF) is a brand-new and exciting qualification which enables young people to develop leadership skills and engage with grassroots rugby union and tag rugby. It is ideal for anyone between the ages of 14–19 who is interested in developing leadership skills and would like to build further on the Rugby Leaders Award courses or is considering a possible career in sport.

This is the qualification for those interested in becoming a sports administrator, coach, referee, junior team manager or sports development volunteer. The award guide provides further information, to discuss putting on a course in school contact your Area Player Development Officer.

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