Aims & Objectives

The RNRU is committed to enhancing the development and ability of coaches of all levels within the Royal Navy. Within a formal coaching structure we aim to provide effective coaches for all Representative, Regional, Establishment and Unit sides. Our coaches are the key to the re-generation and development of Navy Rugby.

The development of coaches is seen as a key strategic aim of Navy Rugby to ensure the future health and vitality of the Union both in terms of quality and quantity of players. There are a wealth of coaching resources available to coaches some of which can be directly accessed through the RNRU Links page.

Rugby Development Officer

WO1PT Paul (Sweeney) Todd

How to become a coach

Why coach?

Coaching Rugby Union is a rewarding and challenging way to spend your time. It is a great way of staying involved in the sport and helping to nurture the next generation of players. High quality coaching is central to recruiting and retaining players and developing the rugby skills and understanding of players at all levels.

All Rugby Union coaching courses help develop a greater understanding of the five key components:

  • Coaching Skills – how to get the best out of players

  • Technical – teaching the skills required to play

  • Tactical – instilling an understanding of the game

  • Psychological – assisting players to be mentally prepared for rugby

  • Physical & Lifestyle – assisting players to be physically prepared for rugby

The RFU Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union - UKCC Level 2

England Rugby Coaching Award - (Level 2) - This course is an entry point for coaches working with players of U9 and above, it is tailored to the needs of the players you are coaching. It provides coaches with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively coach young players and adults and is an Accredited UKCC Level 2 qualification. Attendees must have completed the RFU online Headcase module ( prior to attending the course.

Continuous Personal Development (CPD)

Continuous Personal Development (CPD) exists in almost every occupation. In simple terms, it helps to maintain a currency of knowledge and skills. Traditionally, the route for development of a coach was through attendance at a qualification or award course. These courses will continue, and will form the basis of assessment of a coach against a set of national competencies. This is often termed ‘vertical coach development'. However, some coaches may not be suitable or have the inclination to attend the next level of qualification. Therefore, to help a coach to continue to develop the RFU will produce a range of (CPD) courses.

Coaching is defined as "The guided improvement, led by a coach, of sports participants in a single sport and at identifiable stages of the participant pathway". In terms of Rugby Union, a coach will be defined as, "anyone responsible for, leading or facilitating the optimum improvement of a rugby participant at any stage of their development".

What's involved

Most CPD courses last no longer than 3 hours. Courses are a mixture of theory and practical.

Why do them

They can introduce the coach to new concepts and ideas, they can reinforce what the coach is already doing, helping build confidence, they bring coaches together to share problems and identify solutions.