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Youth Coaching Course

Schools Rugby

Irish Rugby’s Youth Coaching Course is an introduction to the 15-a-side game for coaches and helpers with limited experience in rugby.

The course is suited to people working with players aged 12+ with an emphasis on and enjoyment and coaching through best practice.

The course is designed to develop the coach in the role of ‘Teacher’.

Entry Criteria:

  • Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age
    • Please note coaches aged 16-18 years are restricted to performing in an Assistant Coach role, under the direct supervision and guidance of an Accredited Youth Rugby Coach aged 18+
  • Priority (where required) will be given to participants actively involved in coaching youth players


Participant Numbers Per Course:

35 maximum/15 minimum

Accreditation Criteria:

  • Course Requirements – all attendees must ensure the following certificates are completed and uploaded to GAINLINE, the IRFU’s online education platform:
    • World Rugby Beginners Guide to Rugby
    • World Rugby Laws
    • World Rugby Concussion Awareness
  • Details of GAINLINE and online modules will be available to anyone who registers for the course
  • Full course attendance is mandatory
  • Coaches must demonstrate practical (on course) knowledge of safety awareness in skills involving contact
  • All post-attendance course work is mandatory and must be uploaded to GAINLINE
  • Coaches must demonstrate knowledge of the “Child Welfare Document” and will be required to sign-off on the document


The IRFU reserves the right to modify, replace or add to accreditation requirements in accordance with updates to Coach Development programmes.


  • The IRFU Coaching Accreditation Re-Validation programme is currently under development and due for launch in season 2020/21
  • It is envisaged that IRFU coaching accreditations will be re-validated on a 3 yearly basis provided coaches have fulfilled specific ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD) requirements during that 3 year period from when they received their IRFU coaching accreditation
  • Such CPD requirements will vary by coaching level, and opportunities to build on existing IRFU coaching accreditations will be provided by way of provincial workshops, seminars and conferences as well as online resources aimed at promoting coach development in a more self-directed manner