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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.

The RFU codes of practice is where the importance lies as well as Accreditation. Coaches need to be working towards best practice as much as possible and attenting RFU courses and staying up to date are vital to this. 

Becoming a DK Coach

In order to become a Coach at DK you will need to complete the following

RFU Concussion Online Module

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IRB Rugby Ready

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Codes of Practice

The Age Grade Codes of Practice provide practical support and best practice to those delivering the Age Grade game.

The Codes give practical advice on how to adopt a player-centred and holistic approach to rugby and support the application of Regulation 15. 

There are seven codes in total, covering a number of topics ranging from playing and training frequency to the grouping of players and key information on player welfare.

If you are involved with Age Grade Rugby, read and commit to following the Codes of Practice. Then tell others about it. It's in the interest of our players and their livelong enjoyment of the game.


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What Is a RugbySafe?

RugbySafe is England Rugby’s overarching player safety and wellbeing programme to support clubs, schools, colleges, universities and participants at all levels of the game. It has five different strands all of which contribute and provide input to how the game should be played and managed to ensure that rugby is as safe as possible.

Values & Culture

Provides information on how the embedding of the core values and creating a positive culture is a fundamental element to making the game fun and safe.

Playing Environment

Provides information, guidance and resources for clubs, schools, colleges universities and other rugby activity organisers on what needs to be in place and how provision and other aspects should be managed to enable a fun and safe playing environment.


The England Rugby Coaches Association is a community of coaches who hold a coaching qualification on their England Rugby GMS profile. 

Membership of the England Rugby Coaches Association (ERCA) comes with digital ERCA cards recording coaches’ details.

ERCA members should ensure that their correct email address is submitted on GMS to receive full benefits.

Memberships last for one year and are retained by attending a minimum of one CPD course during that period. All coaches attending an England Rugby Coaching Award can join the association on completion of the award. 

If you hold a qualification and wish to join the association simply attend an RFU CPD course to activate your membership. 

Membership benefits include:

  • 15% discount at England Rugby Store
  • Exclusive range of ERCA training kit
  • There is also a monthly ERCA newsletter, with training content and advice for aspiring coaches
  • The opportunity to win VIP coaching experiences   

For regular updates follow us on Twitter @ERrugbycoach and Instagram @englandrugbycoach and use #coachingfamily

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Go KYBO! in 2019!

Top tips on how to get started as a rugby coach from Nick Scott, RFU National Coach Development Manager or as a rugby referee, with Michael Patz, RFU National Match Official Development Manager



Welcome to HEADCASE, the RFU’s concussion awareness programme that aims to increase understanding and provide information on concussion and other related topics, including how to prevent and manage suspected concussions. It has been recognised as one of the leading concussion awareness and education resources in UK.

There are separate modules for:

Adult Coach  /  Players  /  Match Official  /  Teachers  /  Parent/Guardian  /  Youth Coach


Coaching Online Platform Application - please find attached an application for the coaching platform being provided free of charge to any Club Coach that wishes to join  -  The platform will be updated weekly and 'specific topics' can be requested.

Click here for application form: Application Form

Welcome to Rugby Ready

Welcome to Rugby Ready - devised by World Rugby. The Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help stakeholders manage the inherent risks of a contact sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place.

The Rugby Ready web site is a powerful online resource that you can register to use for free. You can use the site to build, refresh and test your knowledge of the physical aspects of the Game.

The self-assessment programme comprises 18 good-practice modules covering:

  • Match preparation and physical conditioning
  • Correct technique
  • Injury prevention and management.

After completing the online Rugby Ready exam, you can download your personalised awareness certificate.

Registration is free and takes only a few minutes.


First Aid In Rugby

World Rugby educational resource

Injuries are a part of any contact sport. Serious or life-threatening injury in Rugby is, however, rare. The outcome of many injuries can often be improved by very simple first aid skills from bystanders until emergency help arrives. 

Such bystanders may be parents, club officials, coaches, referees or even other players. This online programme aims to equip with some of the basic skills you may need if you ever found yourself in such a situation.

Interactive module: First Aid In Rugby includes:

Introduction, General principles , Standard approach to injury on the field of play, Head injuries in Rugby Union, Managing the airway in an injured athlete, Neck and spinal injuries in Rugby Union, Breathing assessment and chest injuries, Circulation and shock, Cardiac arrest and choking, Limb injuries, Medical problems, Further information.

World Rugby: 

Training & Education

Player Welfare - Resources and guidelines on putting the player first  

Strength & Conditioning - Learning resources supporting World Rugby's Level 1 and Level 2 Strength and Conditioning courses.

Keep Rugby Clean - Educational resources on World Rugby's Anti-Doping Policy

Officiating - Range of resources to support you in your officiating

Rugby Ready - Resource to raise awareness of good practice around the physical aspects of the game

Coaching - Online learning tools for all aspects of coaching the game

Keep Rugby Onside - Educational advice and support on World Rugby's Anti-Corruption Policy

Laws of the Game Resources and support to help you understand of how the Laws are applied on the field of play

World Rugby now wishes to innovate and inspire through participation, engagement, education and regulation, harnessing the sport’s character-building values to excite, engage and inform new audiences in existing and new rugby markets.

World Rugby Vision: Rugby - a sport for all, true to its values

World Rugby Mission: Growing the global rugby family

World Rugby Core Values: Inherent in everything we do are our values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.