IRFU Coaching | Level 3 Coaching Course (Stage 5 LTPD)

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Level 3 Coaching Course (Stage 5 LTPD)

The level 3 course is for Head Coaches working with advanced adult and representative teams.

The course develops the coach as 'Leader'.

At the end of the course the coach should be able to demonstrate a competency in planning, alignment of plans empowerment underpinned by a greater self-awareness of personality and leadership style.

The four sub-sections


Operational plans, periodised (fitness & conditioning) seasonal plans, game planning based on team profile and planning for specific opposition and long-term development.

Alignment of Plans

Coaching skills, presentation skills, media skills, time management, match management, match analysis, sports psychology (profiling & mental skills), conflict resolution and selected rugby specific modules.


Leadership and high performance coaching.


Develop greater self-awareness, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills through Personality profiling.

Entry Criteria

By invitation (4 minimum & 8 maximum participants). The following criteria can apply:

• Accredited level 2 coach for a minimum of two years.
• Head coaching position - at the appropriate level (Stage 5)
• Signed the Letter of Intent* (following briefing)

Accreditation (minimum 2 Seasons)

The requirements are outlined in the Letter of Intent. Basically, full course attendance, the implementation of the High Performance Coach Monitoring programme together with the submission of various self-assessments, written assignments at the required time and commitment to coach for 3 years following the course.


The accreditation is for 4 years (applied coaching), attendance at a refresher course will be required for re-accreditation
Liable to adjustment as required