Coaching Courses

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CPD Coaching Courses

Kids First TAG
Aimed at those coaching U6- U8 Tag Rugby, this course focuses on how to develop players movement skills, to coach through game zone/ skill zone approach, game management and refereeing. It will explore the Tag Rugby rules and the core skills needed to play Tag Rugby. Pre-Requisites: Must be at least 14 years old on event start date.

Kids First Contact
This course is aimed at coaches, referees and teachers new to contact rugby, which starts at the U9 age group. It will help you understand how to safely and effectively coach and referee the scrum and tackle and also how to utilise fun, game zone/ skill zone based approach. Pre-Requisites: Must be at least 14 years old on event start date.


England Rugby Coaching Award Level 2 Qualification

Courses commence with a series of monthly webinars, with tasks for the participants to work on with their players, digital resources to support them and an online community of practice where they can get support directly from the Match Official and Coach Developers, followed by 2 face to face days to complete the course.

England Rugby Coaching Award


England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award (Previously Level 3 Qualification)

Bookings are now open for the England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award (previously Level 3) pre requisite Workshops for the 2022/2023 Season. The purpose of this course is to develop self-reflecting advanced practitioners with a clear understanding of what drives, influences and supports them to get better. The Advanced Award is a yearlong course,  which is competence assessed. For coaches to achieve competence, there will be a significant expectation concerning the volume of work and requirements to demonstrate the competencies, above and beyond their normal coaching roles. Before engaging in the prerequisite Workshops, please reflect on your readiness to complete the Award alongside existing commitments.

The pre requisite Workshops consist of the below: 

Workshop 1 (On Demand)- to be completed by 31st December 2021- https://bit.ly/ERACA-W1

The first Workshop will be delivered On Demand from the 1st November 2021- 31st December 2021 via Workcast. This means that you can complete the Webinar at any time between the 1st November 2021 and 31st December 2021. Please ensure that you register for this course via the GMS Booking link above. Failure to do so, may mean that the Workshop is not added to your GMS profile and will prevent you from accessing the full Award Course. We will be collating a list of all those that complete the Webinar via Workcast on 31st December, so please ensure you complete this Workshop by then to progress to Workshop 2.

This first Workshop will introduce you to key differences between the England Rugby Coaching Award and the England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award. We will also look at the course format and structure to give you an understanding of what you might expect from the full Award Course. 

Workshop 2 (Live Sessions)- in January & February 2022

All those that complete Workshop 1 by 31st December 2021, will be notified of the Workshop 2 dates and booking links in the New Year 2022. These session will be live and delivered via Microsoft Teams. Once again, individuals will need to ensure that they register via GMS for this Workshop to be added to their GMS profile.

Workshop 2 will introduce some of the course content, including Game (Tactical) Understanding, Co Coaching and Observation. This session will give you an idea of the type of content delivered and enable you to make a decision about your readiness to engage with the level of content and understanding required of an Advanced Coach.

England Rugby Advanced Award 2022-2023 Bookings (£1000) 

Following the conclusion of the pre requisite Workshops, all eligible candidates will be contacted directly with booking links to access the full Award Course. Please note, that in addition to the prerequisite Workshops above, candidates will also need to demonstrate that: 

–          They have held a Level 2/ ERCA for 3 years or more- completed prior to 1st September 2019.

–          Have attended both Advanced Workshop 1 (Nov/Dec 2021) and Advanced Workshop 2 (Jan/Feb 2022).

–          Be in an active coaching role (in England) with the same team across a whole season, spanning the course cycle with tasks set in mind.

–          Acceptable environments:

o   Age Grade 

o   Youth & Schools 

o   Adult Community

o   Talent Pathway 

o   Adult Performance 

The above pre requisites to access the full Award Course are not negotiable and will need to be demonstrated on an individual’s GMS profile.

We wish you the best of luck with your continued Coaching Journey.


Online coaching resource available for sevens rugby

England Rugby has opened a window of opportunity for an online coaching resource to enhance coaches’ knowledge and understanding, specifically applied to sevens rugby. This innovative digital resource has been developed in conjunction with the England Sevens head coach Simon Amor, his support staff and playing squad.

The campaign window is now open and we are excited to offer this opportunity to any coach keen to develop their sevens knowledge. If you are interested, you can find the link via the online course booking page, found here, and book on as normal. Once enrolled, you will receive emails, in a staged fashion, which will allow access to video tutorials. These will include four chapters:

  1. Attacking Space
  2. Pass / Support / Realignment
  3. The Breakdown
  4. Defensive Principles

Upon completion, your RFU record will be updated with ‘attendance’.

If you are undertaking any sevens coaching, we recommend you sign up for this opportunity to develop your knowledge of this format of the game.

Dom Tripp

For more information about Sevens