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Beginners’ Rugby Coaching and Refereeing (15-a-side)

With Dan Cottrell

Dates & Venues

    This is a course for teachers and coaches involved in delivering rugby coaching, and refereeing matches and practices for the first time. It will also provide a refresher for teachers whose involvement in the game has been interrupted by the pandemic.  It focuses on the practicalities of organising a coaching session, and introduces a range of techniques and ways to practise them. 

    The emphasis is on modern techniques and simple, imaginative practices. The safety elements of coaching the scrum and contact area are included to give coaches confidence and protection from allegations of negligence. 

    The afternoon is devoted to refereeing the game at school level. This focuses not only on the basic laws, but also the practicalities for the school referee of creating a safe and even contest and using specific methods of communication to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable for all involved. 

    Particular attention is paid to considering how to deal with parents on the touchline, and prevent the emergence of dissatisfaction in that area. This course is designed to build confidence in teachers who are new to coaching the game, or who are not comfortable with the idea of refereeing a school match.


    • Understanding and coaching core skills
    • Building the skill set for young players
    • The contact area and ways to practise it
    • Creating a basic backline
    • Safe scrummaging


    • Applying the law in school matches
    • Ensuring safe procedures at scrum and ruck
    • Managing the game through communication
    • When and why to blow the whistle – and when not to
    • Coping with the mismatch
    • Dealing with parents on the touchline


    1 place £189 2 places £319 4 places £499


    SCHOOL SUBSCRIPTION  £120 (log in on up to five separate devices)  

    Webinar runs 7–9pm UK Time via Zoom. Price excludes VAT.

    Course runs 10am – 3.30pm. Prices include refreshments, lunch and resources. Excludes VAT. Webinar runs 7 - 9pm.

    Dan Cottrell

    Dan Cottrell

    Dan Cottrell is a Rugby coach and author, who specialises in producing innovative coaching content for age group coaches of all levels of experience. His newsletter “Rugby Coach Weekly” is read by 100,000 coaches worldwide, and is supplemented by a range of other resources.  Dan played first class rugby for Bristol and Bath and was Head of Rugby at Cranleigh for six years.

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