RFU coaching and refereeing course structure alters from 1 July

3 weeks ago By Terry Wilson

Single course for coaching Under 9 age upwards to be introduced

From July 1st 2017 the current RFU Coaching Children Rugby Union (Level 1) and Coaching the 15 a Side Game (Level 2) will be replaced by a single coaching award, the England Rugby Coaching Award.

The new coaching award will be relevant for coaches working with U9 players and upwards. It is supported by a suite of CPD and Foundation courses to help develop coaches working with players of all ages.

The single coaching award will be a Level 2 qualification, which qualifies coaches to lead sessions – the previous Level 1 award qualified participants to assist other coaches. The course content and tasks on the course will be relevant to the age group the coach works with.

Participation in Rugby Ready and Scrum Factory will no longer be mandatory pre requisites for attendance on the coaching course.

The current Refereeing the 15 a Side Game (Level 2) course will be replaced by a new refereeing course - the England Rugby Refereeing Award. The new refereeing award is aimed at those refereeing in the 15 a Side game (U14 and upwards).

The new refereeing award becomes an accredited Level 2 qualification. The OMW Kids First Refereeing Children (Level 1) course will remain.


England Rugby Coaching Award - £150
England Rugby Refereeing Award - £75
Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Refereeing Children - £15
CPD/Foundation Courses - £15
Safeguarding - Play it Safe – £15
Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union - £50
Rugby Union in Secondary Schools - £40
All current coaching qualifications will remain valid. Meaning, if you have a previous level 1 and/or 2 (coaching or refereeing), it is not compulsory for you to take the new courses.

Updated 09:46 - 12 Jun 2017 by Terry Wilson

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