RFU Coaching Development Model

Coach Development

Why not keep your boots on instead of hanging them at the end of your playing career.

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.

RFU Coaching Courses

There are range of practical and theoretical courses to cover these differing aspirations, offered in all parts of the country. For details please contact the Coaching Coordinator

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.

Coaching Children U7-U12

Rugby Ready

UKCC Level 1


Coaching XV a side game

Rugby Ready

Scrum Factory

UKCC Level 2

Area 6 Coaching & Referee Courses

UKCC Level 1

UKCC Level 2

Referee Courses

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 . 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.