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CPD Courses


Rugby Ready

Welcome to Rugby Ready - devised by World Rugby. The Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help stakeholders manage the inherent risks of a contact sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place.

The Rugby Ready web site is a powerful online resource that you can register to use for free. You can use the site to build, refresh and test your knowledge of the physical aspects of the Game.

The self-assessment programme comprises 18 good-practice modules covering:
  • Match preparation and physical conditioning
  • Correct technique
  • Injury prevention and management.
After completing the online Rugby Ready exam, you can download your personalised awareness certificate.


Play It Safe

This course is for any volunteer or coach at a club who is working with or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Identify best practice and apply this within rugby
  • Know where to find support and guidance within the RFU
  • Identify signs and indicators of possible abuse and poor practice
  • State action to take if there is a concern or disclosure
  • Recognise their role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.



Coaching provides a rich and rewarding experience for you and the players you coach. Tag Rugby offers an ideal medium for introducing you to coaching sport and more specifically to coaching rugby in an enjoyable, simple and safe way. Tag Rugby is a fast-moving, non-contact invasion game suitable for boys and girls to play together.


Continuity - Pre Contact

Coaches are often tempted to coach through Drills when looking at developing technique and skill.

This course looks at how smaller skill development sessions can still be game related and develop creativity and decision making in players, as well as revisiting the principles of coaching process learned in Level 1.

The course should be taken in the context of the Kids First Coaching Through Games CPD.


Continuity - Post Contact

This course will explore how children can be helped to acquire the skills to play rugby as the flowing, continuous game they love to play.

The course will encourage coaches to explore more effective and engaging alternatives to "Drilling" technique into players, developing children who not only have technique, but also can apply techniques in game context to produce skilful players.



Back Attack

The strategy and tactics of the backs should reflect the skills of your players. The most important area may be how space is attacked.

The ability to manage the space in front and between the teams is vital. Players should understand that pressure cannot be applied to the opposition unless they put themselves under pressure.

This module helps coaches condition sessions to develop decision-making in the face of varying scenarios.


Coaching Continuity

This course focuses on the manipulation of a defence by the ball carrier and support.

As the primary threat to a defensive line, the ball carrier can disrupt the line shape and present opportunities to evade tackles, while maintaining forward movement.


Defence in Phase Play

The target audience for the Defence in Phase Play course is under-16 age group and above.

Younger players should focus on tackle technique and scoring tries. The course is based on a set of philosophies and is not a system in itself.

If players lack tackle skills, a defence system may have limited success.


Half Back Play

Development of Technical and Tactical Understanding in Half Backs is essential for a team to achieve its potential.

This course helps coaches understand how to help players apply some principles in the game, by creating realistic practices.



Traditionally, the coach tells the players when to kick and the player kicks.

However, will this impact on the player’s decision making skills?

By working in a game format the players have multiple opportunities to explore tactically and technically through discovery learning.

Kicking lends itself to varied game-related activities that are both enjoyable and educational, some of which are covered during the kicking module.



The lineout module explores, through a game-sense approach, innovative and active practices maximising player involvement.

Coaches must monitor fatigue as this approach may mean far more jumping and lifting than in a match, and safety is always of paramount importance.


Maul & Ruck

This module focuses on players' lack of game understanding at the breakdown, partly due to expectations embedded by the traditional drill format.

The drill is an excellent tool for developing technique in isolation but of little value for game understanding.


Scrum Factory

The Scrum Factory aims to increase the number of players able to play in the scrum, particularly the front row.

The course is designed to help coaches and players to understand individual and collective techniques, as well as position specific conditioning.

Meaningful sessions can be delivered regardless of numbers attending training and with minimal equipment and expense to the club or school.



England Rugby Coaching Award (Level 2)

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Min.Age: 16
  • This course is an entry point for coaches working with players of U9 and above.
  • It is tailored to the needs of the players being coached.
  • It provides coaches with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively coach young 
players and adults.
  • It is an Accredited UKCC Level 2 qualification.
Mandatory Pre-course Tasks
  • Attendees must have completed the RFU online Headcase module prior to attending the course.
  • Attendies will also have to complete the IRB on line Rugby Ready and Law Test elements.
  • The details for the three prerequisite will be sent to the candidates after they have registered for the course.


UKCC L3 - Advanced Coaching Award

The course consists of 3 modules, 2 of which are delivered face-face, and one as development in the coaching workplace, supported by a trained RFU mentor.

The course lasts one year and applicants should make themselves available for all modules.

The course is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

Assessment is competency based allowing you to be continually assessed & receive support & action planning throughout the course. On successful completion of the Level 3 all coaches should be able to:
  • Analyse participants’ current and potential performance needs and aspirations.
  • Articulate clear Coaching and Playing philosophies.
  • Plan a coaching programme according to agreed goals.
  • Manage a safe and effective coaching environment.
  • Deliver a coaching programme using a range of coaching styles and interventions to meet participants’ needs.



How to get involved in officiating

Why referee?

There are a whole host of reasons why you might take up the whistle: to remain active in the sport following injury or retirement, to make new and lasting friends within the game, or to gain a sense of achievement by providing an invaluable service to players, coaches and spectators alike.

Whatever the reason, refereeing is challenging, rewarding and above all, can be great fun.

It’s easy to become a referee and start refereeing!

The first step is to attend one of the two courses listed below, and you’re on your way. The minimum age to become a rugby union referee is 14.

If you wish to start refereeing U8 to U12... You need to attend a course called:
  • Level 1 – Refereeing Children. This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
If you wish to start refereeing U13 and above... You need to attend a course called:
  • Level 2 – Refereeing the 15-a-side game. This course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip delegates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It takes 12 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

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