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Level Up

Level Up is an IRFU resource to  to help communities stay rugby active during ongoing public health measures that fight the spread of COVID-19.

Irish Rugby worked extremely hard in the summer of 2020 to reopen the sport safely. With COVID-19 Health & Safety Plans in place, clubs and schools can now work within government guidelines to continue as a hub for physical and mental wellbeing.

Level Up will provide clubs and schools with the tools to keep their rugby activity fresh, relevant and rewarding for everyone involved.

There will also be support content available for people looking to keep busy and stay active in their own homes. Resources including session plans and video guides will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

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November 20th: Reduced Activities For Non-Contact Skill Development (PDF)

November 13th 2020: Rugby Skills For School Aged Children

November 6th 2020: Acceleration, Speed & Change Of Direction 

October 30th 2020: Reduced Activities For Non-Contact Skill Development (Video)


Irish Rugby has a new video series of games that families can enjoy in their own homes.

The games are simple, easy to play, and assist in the development of fundamental movement skills.

IRFU Head of Coach Development Matt Wilkie hosts the series, with the help of this three sons, Jack, Sammy and Alfie.

The full series of 30 games are now available to watch.

Aviva Minis: Rugby Skills Series

01. ‘Throw and Clap’ Developing Catch & Throw Skills

02. ‘Pass & Tag’ Developing Catch, Pass, Run & Tag Skills

03. ‘Turn and Catch’ Developing Catch & Throw Skills

04. ‘Tennis Ball Drop’ Developing Catch Skills

05. ‘Partner Reflex’ Developing Balance & Coordination Skills

06. ‘Pass & Run’ Developing Catch & Pass Skills

07. ‘The Gauntlet’ Developing Agility Skills

08. ‘Dragon’s Den’ Developing Balance, Agility & Evasion Skills

09 ‘Kick-Tennis’ Developing Kick & Catch Skills

10. ‘Target Passing’ Developing Passing Skills

11. ‘Rob The Nest’ Developing Agility & Evasion Skills

12 ‘Kicking Ten-Pin’ Developing Kick & Catch Skills

13 ‘One Hand Catch’ Developing Catch & Pass Skills

14 ‘Ball Tag’ Developing Agility, Balance & Evasion Skills

15 ‘Nervous Wreck’ Developing Catch & Pass Skills

16 ‘Pass & Place’ Developing Pick & Pass Skills

17 ‘Kicking Golf’ Developing Kicking Skills

18 ‘Freeze’ Developing Fundamental Movement Skills

19 ‘Around The Clock’ Developing Catch & Pass Skills

20: ‘Try Scoring Spree’ Developing Run, Evasion & Tag Skills

21: ‘Reflex Catches’ – Developing Catch, Throw & Strike Stills

22: ‘Rugby Relays’ – Developing Agility, Catch, Pass & Kick Skills

23: ‘Rats & Rabbits’ – Developing Run & Agility Skills

24: ‘Rugby Minefield’ – Developing Agility, Balance & Run Skills

25: ‘Channel Catch & Pass’ – Developing Run, Catch & Pass Skills

26: ‘Hop & Bounce’ Developing Throw & Bounce Skills

27. Pass & Score – Developing Catch, Evasion & Tag Skills 

28: Catch & Step – Developing Catch, Pass & Kick Skills

29: Rugby Dodgeball – Developing Agility & Balance Skills

30: Hot Potato – Developing Catch & Pass Skills


You can also check out our Aviva Mini Rugby Skill Zone. 


This document outlines some options for rugby players who would like to find opportunities amid current restrictions to improve their fitness and develop their core skills.

This particular session takes roughly 40-45 minutes to complete.

Click Here To Download Acceleration, Speed & Change Of Direction

Non-Contact Skill Development:

These sessions are all suitable as permitted activities under Level 5 Restrictions. They are non-contact and can be run within a pod of 15 including coaches and COVID-19 Club Compliance officers.

Each session should have four elements:

  1. Warm Up
  2. Skills
  3. Game
  4. Warm Down
    Theme Format Skill Focus Suitable For To Help Players To
    Catching High Ball PDF Non-Contact All Ages Catch & movement under high ball
    Attacking From Depth PDF Non-Contact All Ages Attack straight and from depth


    Decision Making 1 PDF Non-Contact All Ages Develop decision making skills
    Decision Making 2 PDF Non-Contact All Ages Develop decision making skills
    Grubber Kicking PDF Non-Contact All Ages Execute grubber kick
    Punt Kicking PDF Non-Contact All Ages Execute punt kick
    Scrum Half Passing 1 PDF Non-Contact All Ages Develop as scrum halves
    Scrum Half Passing 2 PDF Non-Contact All Ages Develop as scrum halves
    Loop Passing PDF Non-Contact All Ages Execute loop passing
    Switch Passing PDF Non-Contact All Ages Execute switch passing
    Picking and Placing


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Pick up the ball properly

    Place the ball properly

    Touch and Evasion


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Score tries

    Tackle effectively


    Rolling and Passing


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Roll the ball correctly

    Pass the ball correctly

    Passing Effectively


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Choose the correct pass

    Pass effectively to either side

    Carry the ball in two hands

    Evading and Tackling


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Carry the ball with two hands

    Evade defenders

    Touch correctly

    Passing and Catching


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Catch the ball correctly

    Pass correctly

    Passing – When And How?


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Catch the ball correctly

    Pass the ball correctly

    Know when to pass

    Game Understanding


    Video Non-Contact School Aged Children Understand the game more

    Know when to pass

Many clubs and schools are resuming rugby after a prolonged period of training restrictions.

This webinar discussed COVID-19 and injury as barriers to performance and identified solutions to help teams optimise their preseason accordingly.

#ReturnToRugby: Injury Prevention And A Safe Return To Rugby

Panellists: Dr Rod McLoughlin (IRFU Medical Director), Colin McEntee (IRFU Rugby Development Director), Martin Kennedy (IRFU National Talent Athletic Development Lead)


Reference Documents:


Online Lottery is a simple way of getting recurring cash flow into rugby clubs. Emerald Warriors moved to an online lottery system in December 2019 and it proven very successful for them. In this case study, Emerald Warriors Fundraising Officer Phillip Purcell talks through:

  • Securing A Charity Lottery Licence
  • Using An Online Platform
  • Communicating To Members

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Crowdfunding is being used by more and more by Irish rugby clubs to raise funds. Many traditional methods of fundraising are not possible at present due to public health measures, but Old Crescent have managed a successful crowdfunding campaign to replace some of their cancelled events.

In this case study, Old Crescent’s Paul Donnellan talks through:

  • Setting up on a crowdfunding campaign
  • Getting the message right
  • Maximising the campaign though social media

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Public health measures have given rise to a surge in the use of online video conferencing tools to keep friends, family and communities connected. Bangor RFC hosted a club event on Zoom as a way of marking the end of the season, but it was also an opportunity to raise much needed funds.

Their case study was presented by Senior XV Head Coach Tom Rock.

  • Adding value to an online event
  • Monetising the event
  • Managing Video Conference tools

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Cash flow is a major concern for clubs at present. Public health measures mean that many traditional fundraising methods are not possible. Clubs who might want to raise funds while offering value to their members could look at turning their content into cash-flow.

Three Red Kings Founder Tom Savage talked through:

  • Why people are willing to pay for club content (photography, video and streaming)
  • Managing a pay wall for content
  • Creating opportunities for club sponsors

Download the case stud – pdf

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