Coaching Rugby Union

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Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union, securing the future and quality of the English game. To be an effective coach, you will need to fulfil a number of different roles, covering the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects demanded by our game.

The RFU is committed to offering a world-leading coaching development service, from helping volunteers who want to coach junior tag rugby on a Sunday morning to assisting people who aim to reach a professional coaching standard.

Details of all available courses, inclusive of type, content, duration, and cost, are listed on the downloadable course descriptors document.

RFU coaching courses

We have a range of practical and theoretical courses to cover these differing aspirations, offered in all parts of the country. 

Coaches can use the RFU Introduction To Rugby Booklet to help inform themselves, parents and new players about the basics of rugby.

Coaching remains a valuable and rewarding way to get or stay involved in rugby union, and with an RFU qualification getting started as a coach is extremely straightforward. Want to go further? 

Online resources for coaches are also available here.

My Rugby Academy

My Rugby Academy is a valuable tool to help you reap the maximum benefits from our resources. By pinpointing your current level of coaching proficiency and identifying the next steps in your training path, including recommended RFU-supported courses, the Coaching Development Matrix will guide you in fulfilling your coaching potential. 

Online course booking

The RFU online course booking system allows you to search by course type, region, postcode or date before booking and paying for your course.

Employment Status of Coaches: A Guide for Employers/Deployers and Coaches

Rugby clubs who are think of employing coaches or employing or deploying coaches on their behalf should read the attached document from sports coach UK:

Employment Status of Coaches A Guide for Employers/Deployers and Coaches

Coach Licensing

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.

Please click here to apply for your coach licence online.

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 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 GMS 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.