To help you get started as a rugby coach, watch the 3 videos above.

They include words of advice from RFU educator Kieran Spencer as well as insights from players turned coach. Players who took that important first step and who now find coaching an incredibly rewarding experience.

How to become a coach

Before they got into coaching, most coaches tend to ask the questions you can see below. As you will see, all the answers are simple, practical and easy to follow.


As a potential new coach, all you have to do is follow these three simple steps.

  • Step 1: Consider who you want to coach  –  to decide on which player age group you want to coach.
  • Step 2: Talk to a Coach at your club – ask them how they got started and for any advice they can give you.
  • Step 3: Register for Rugby Ready – the perfect course on how to deliver safe and enjoyable sessions as well as your own self-development.

You should also sign-up to the KYBO! Video Guide to Coaching which gives you more information about these steps and much more.

There are lots of RFU coaching courses to choose from. At this stage there are only three you should consider registering for:

  • Rugby Ready
  • UKCC Level 1: Introducing Children to Rugby Union
  • UKCC Level 2: Coaching a 15-a-side game.

There is more information about these courses on the RFU Course Booking page.

Nick Scott is the RFU’s Coaching Development Manager. Here are his top 5 tips:

  • Tip 1: You don’t have to know everything – use the knowledge of the players and coaches around you to help you
  • Tip 2: Work with more experienced coaches – offer to assist them and get them to feedback on your coaching
  • Tip 3: Plan your sessions thoroughly – you will then be more flexible when you get out there
  • Tip 4: Remember, great coaches ‘coach’ people – get to know your players
  • Tip 5: Get on a coaching course – it will give you confidence in your coaching craft

If you haven’t done so, visit the KYBO! Video Guide to Coaching and if you have any questions, email us at keepyourbootson@rfu.com