Level 3 Coaching Award 2020/21

Level 3 Coaching Award 2020/21

Information for applicants

The 2020/21 Level 3 Coaching Award will open to applicants in April 2020 for any coaches who meet the pre-requisites below. We welcome applications from those coaching children, schools and youth, player pathway and adult rugby in both the male and female game.

Application Pre Requisites:

  • Have an up to date RFU Game Management System (GMS1) profile showing all prerequisites outlined below at the point of booking.
  • Active coaching role.
  • Achieved RFU Level 2 (or equivalent2) prior to September 1st 2017.
  • Completed parts 1 & 2 of England Rugby Towards Level 3 2019/20 course – see below.
  • Completed England Rugby Headcase course between September 1st 2019 and 29th February 2020.
  • Completed at least one of the following accredited England Rugby courses before 29th February 2020. CARDS/GameChangers/Principles of Attack/Principle of Defence

1 Click here for support to ensure that your GMS profile is accurate. Do not create a new GMS profile as this will not show historical awards. Contact your club administrator or GMS@RFU.com to confirm your existing login details

2 Accepted courses: England Rugby Coaching Award, RFU Coaching the 15 a side Game, RFU Level 2 Coaching, RFU Intermediate Coaching Award. SRU/WRU/IRFU Level 2 coaching awards, IRB/World Rugby Level 3 Coaching are acceptable. These must have been completed before Sep 1st 2017 and must appear on your GMS profile. Non-RFU Level 2 coaching awards can be uploaded via GMS self-service and must include a copy of your certificate. If you have an award from any other country contact your RFU Area Training Manager before applying to confirm that your award is acceptable.


England Rugby Towards Level 3 Programme 2019/20

Part 1: Webinar (60 minutes – Free of Charge). These will take place during October and November. Booking through online course booking only – you cannot use online course booking unless you have an up to date GMS profile.

Part 1 webinar 27th January 2020

Part 2: Workshop (3 hours – £30). These will take place at multiple venues around the country from December to February. You will be required to bring a 20-minute video of your coaching to this workshop – details of the video task will be shared during the webinar.


Part 2 – Area 3 Horsham RFC – 2nd Dec 2019  7:00-10:00pm 

Part 2 – Area 3 Old Elthamians RFC – 10th Feb 2020  7:00-10:00pm

Course Costs and Booking
The Level 3 coaching award course cost is £1,100 (inc VAT) and applications will be via the online course booking system only. Full payment must be made at the point of booking.

We will make every effort to ensure that everyone attempting to book is accommodated. Places on the course will not be accepted if the individual does not meet all of the prerequisites mentioned above by the specified cut-off dates.

Course Format
The course is delivered via a blend of face to face, eLearning, webinar, video upload and mentoring support. Coaches are required to maintain an evidence portfolio throughout the year.

Course Assessment
The Level 3 Coaching Award is a competency-based assessment course. You may not meet all of the course competencies on completion of the 12-month study programme. If this is the case you will have a further 12 months to demonstrate any outstanding competencies. Should you wish to do this you will be allocated a mentor to support your work towards completion, but this will incur an additional cost of up to £250 depending on the level of support required.

Coaching Role
The course involves a season-long programme of mentoring support. An RFU trained mentor will be assigned to you and will observe you through face to face and via video uploads during the season. You cannot complete the required work if you do not have an active coaching role for the season.