Education & Development

High quality coaching, officiating and first aid / immediate care support all contribute to reducing the risk of injury occurring. Therefore it is important that individuals in such roles keep up to date with training and information on safe practice both on and off the pitch.

There is a suite of specific player safety, first aid and immediate care courses that we would highly recommend coaches, match officials and other volunteers to attend as part of developing themselves in the roles. As well as face to face courses the RFU have developed a number of online resources and modules to increase awareness and understanding of key player welfare topics including concussion and nutrition.

We would recommend that all coaches and match officials complete the Rugby Ready as the first step on their journey.

The RFU Training Course Booklet provides an overview of all the courses available for coaches, match officials, First Aiders, Health Care Professionals and other volunteers who support “on the field” activity.  

The RFU’s First Aid and Immediate Care Community Guidelines provide detailed information on the recommended first aid provision for clubs as well guidance on use of equipment and as well the RugbySafe playing environment pages. 

Don’t be a HEADCASE is the RFU’s concussion awareness programme. There is information as well as free tools and resources available for clubs and schools. Additionally, there are free online courses that are designed to help educate about concussion with specific modules for coaches, match officials, players, teachers and parents.

Coaches and volunteers working with children should also have an understanding of their wider safeguarding responsibilities, these themes are covered in the Play it Safe and In Touch courses.

Food for Rugby provides nutritional advice and guidance on how players can best prepare themselves for rugby. It is relevant for all however particularly targeted to give young rugby players (14-18) the basic foundations of good nutrition. The content includes information on game day, correct hydration levels, menu choices, shopping choices and recovery after games.

The ’10 nutrition commandments’ outline the basics of a good diet and the science behind it, there is also a mini quiz to test your knowledge. The content strongly backs up the Rugby Football Union’s ‘food first approach’ for all it players, especially those of school age.

Information on the RFU’s Anti-doping programme provides general guidance and more specific detail for those who require it. Anti-doping information is relevant for both the elite performer and the grassroots player.