The RFU recommends that all coaches of Age Grade Rugby are in membership of England Rugby Coaches Association
This course replaces the RFU Coach Licence, and is intended to be the industry standard for teachers and coaches in the youth game. This course leads to the award of the ERCA membership. It seeks to build confidence in inexperienced coaches, who are presenting the game to children from ages 12-18. No previous experience of rugby coaching is essential. The course considers how the approach of the teacher can significantly influence the attitude of players and address their reservations about the safety side of the game. It will focus on core skills and familiarisation activities, delivered through playing principles, games and problem-solving activities. It seeks to help players and coaches increase confidence, and create a game based on skill and evasion that can appeal to all shapes and sizes. There is emphasis on the safe introduction of tackle, contact and scrum.
- A philosophy for coaching youth rugby
- Principles of play in attack and defence
- A skill and evasion-based approach
- Contemporary games based coaching
- Incorporating skill zone for core techniques
- Coaching the contact situation
- Learning to tackle and be tackled
- Safety first scrummaging
- Creating continuity and promoting enjoyment
Memberships last for one year. All coaches attending an England Rugby Coaching Award (three day Level 2 course) or the Independent Coach Education one day Teachers’ Course will join the Association on completion of the award. Membership of ERCA comes with digital cards recording coaches’ details, and members receive the monthly newsletter with training advice and access to technical content. Membership is maintained through participation in an annual accredited England Rugby CPD event, or through approved I.C.E. training. Other benefits include an exclusive range of ERCA training kit.