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Foundation Courses - start your rugby union coaching career

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The RFU’s foundation courses are designed to give coaches the tools to help train people who are new to the game of rugby union, especially focusing on the forms where players take their first steps with ball in hand. There is no better way to make a start in coaching rugby union, especially if you want to make a start coaching tag rugby.

Start Coaching Tag Rugby

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Tag Rugby is a fast-moving, non-contact invasion game suitable for boys and girls to play together. The key to the game is enjoyment, with running and handling skills to the fore.

The Start Coaching Tag Rugby course lasts for approximately three hours and is practical-based. There is no formal assessment, and the course is delivered by an accredited coach educator.

The course is delivered through a game sense approach, and is accompanied by a supporting DVD. At the conclusion of the course you will have gained:

  • An understanding of how to deliver a safe and enjoyable practical session
  • Knowledge of how to coach and improve skills through games
  • An understanding of the application of a game sense approach
  • Knowledge of the rules of tag rugby
  • The ability to apply of the rules of tag rugby (refereeing)

Start Coaching Rugby Ready

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Everybody involved in coaching, refereeing and playing rugby needs a sense of safe practice. The IRB Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help stakeholders manage the inherent risks of the sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place.

The course lasts for approximately three hours and is practical-based. There is no formal assessment, and the course is delivered by an accredited coach educator.

At the conclusion of the course you will have gained:

  • An understanding of how to deliver a safe and enjoyable practical session
  • Knowledge of how to coach and improve contact skills & particularly the tackle
  • Knowledge of how to coach and improve scrummage engagement skills
  • Knowledge of contact skills 

Arranging and applying for a Foundation Course

These courses are organised on a club-by-club basis, or at a group of clubs and schools (club cluster) through the Club Coach Coordinator (CCC) who should liaise with their local Coach Development Officer to establish need, delivery and viability.

 

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