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RFU Coach Licensing & Registration Scheme

A potential front row forward of the future receives some instruction on a scrum machine

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From January 2012 coaches across the country will be able to join the RFU Coach Licensing and Registration Scheme.

Coaching qualification courses have been, and still are, a key coach development tool, but their prime focus is to train and accredit a coach against a set of competencies. Equally as important is the need for coaches to undertake regular training that maintains their coaching knowledge and skills. The RFU Coach Licensing and Registration Scheme is a new initiative designed to encourage coaches to take responsibility for their own development.

The RFU coaching department is committed to supporting coach development through a range of short continuous personal development courses (CPD) that will be delivered at local levels and supplement the RFU's Coach Development Programmes.

To trial the implementation of these courses and the RFU's Coach Licensing and Registration Scheme, a feasibility study (MS Word DOC 26kB) was held in the Midlands East region from January 2009 (MS Word DOC 25kB).

The results of this pilot were instrumental in the delivery of a range of new services and courses for coaches.

Following this successful pilot it was decided to extend the scheme to the Southern Region from January 2011. With more than 2,000 coaches successfully licensed in the two pilots, the RFU has decided to make the voluntary licence and associated benefits available to all coaches.

What does it mean for coaches?

A coach taking a training session for promising young players

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All coaches who attend and achieve either a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 qualification will be granted a coach licence -subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) - check and their agreement to comply with the Coach Licence Terms and Conditions (PDF 116kB). Existing qualified coaches are invited to apply, free of charge, for a coach licence provided they meet the licence requirements. .

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You will be asked for your RFU login details to access the application form – if you do not have them, either ask your Club Coaching Coordinator or contact or and they will supply you with the necessary details.

The licence will last for a maximum of three years from the award date, or until the CRB check expires, when a coach will be required to reapply for the licence.

All coaches will be registered on the RugbyFirst database and their attendance and involvement in CPD courses will be tracked through the system. Licensed coaches will receive their own personalised Coach Licence Card which will give them access to a range of benefits.

Australia head coach Robbie Deans catches the ball during a Wallabies training session in Cape Town 2009

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The Coach Licensing and Registration Scheme will be closely linked to a newly developed RFU Online Coaching Academy. The Coaching Academy will be the vehicle through which a range of benefits will be delivered to member coaches, including:

  • A new password-protected coaches website
  • Access to regularly updated video and animated practices
  • A range of CPD courses to support coach development
  • A regular coaching newsletter with news and updates
  • 15% Discount at The Rugby Store either shopping online or in store

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