Tue 11 Feb 2020 11:49

Coaching at Basingstoke RFC

When you volunteer to help with children’s or adult’s coaching at BRFC, we want to support you to do your best. We require you to attend the two basic courses, Rugby Ready (safe delivery of rugby coaching) and Play It Safe (safeguarding training for working with children under 18 years in rugby). Both these courses are 3 hours long. We also require all coaches and team managers to complete the online Headcase Concussion Module – see First Aid page on this website. This takes around 20 minutes to complete.

If you already have a qualification in First Aid, or are willing to train for this, please contact our First Aid Coordinator, Sarah Whatmore. 

Coaches Charter

When you join one of our coaching teams at Basingstoke RFC, you must sign up for our Coaches Charter, which outlines your responsibilities and obligations: please sign and return to the Coaching Coordinator, Volunteer Manager or Youth Chair.

Coaches Charter - Download

In your Coaching teams, you will be able to regularly assess the quality of your own input in liaison with your Lead Coach and the Coaching Coordinator using the assessment form:

Coaching Assessment - Download

Once you have completed the two basic rugby courses, the online concussion module and have been assisting for one season, you can apply to the Club Coaching Coordinator or Youth Chair to continue your Coaching development by undertaking further coaching training (such as the RFU Coaching Award, which qualifies you to lead coaching, or various coaching CPD’s to broaden your technical experience).

For a full description of all courses offered, please see the RFU Training Courses 2019-2020 booklet:  Download

For all courses, please use the following link for 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.



Continuous Personal Development for Rugby Coaches

To complement the coaching qualification pathway, a range of CPD short courses are available to further develop coaching expertise. These help to develop coaches' knowledge and application of technical, tactical, physiological, psychological and lifestyle factors that affect a player’s performance.

CPD plays an important part in the development of a coach, and coaches should undertake these courses before, after and alongside attendance at qualification courses.

The courses are designed to support coaches with training appropriate to the type of player they are working with. Within rugby union there are six broad categories of player: elite, adult performance, adult participation, talent development, youth and children. For this reason the CPD programme contains several subject titles that are subdivided to cater for specific player populations and the content and delivery will be appropriate for the attending coaches and their needs.

The coaching pathway from the base to the summit is not a straight path, and CPD mixed with practice (i.e. coaching application) will enhance your chances of becoming a more effective coach for the benefit of your players.


Coaching Children in Rugby:

Coaching 15-a-side Rugby:

  • CPD Coaching GameChangers
  • CPD Coaching Kicking in the 15-a-side game
  • CPD Coaching the Lineout in the 15-a-side game
  • CPD Principles of Attack
  • CPD Principles of Defence
  • CPD Coaching-u14-rugby


Coaching Rugby – General:

  • CPD Director of Rugby
  • CPD Goal Setting
  • CPD Game Planning
  • CPD Managing Contact
  • CPD Performance Analysis
  • CPD Planning and Periodisation
  • CPD Player Profiling
  • CPD Scrum Factory
  • RFU Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
  • RFU Level 2 Strength and Conditioning
  • Rugby Union in Secondary Schools


Coach Licensing

All coaches who attend and achieve either a RFU Coaching Award, Level 3 or Level 4 qualification will be granted a coach licence – subject to a satisfactory DBS (Criminal Records) 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.

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 gms@therfu.com 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.

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 resources for coaches are also available here.