Coach Education and Development Programme 2018


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Coach Education and Development Programme 2018

Coaching rugby is all about enjoyment, friendship, participation and the step-by-step development of both teams and individuals. Your contribution as a coach is vital to the continued growth of our game in the Thames Valley province and to ensure its long term future strength and well being.

To assist in your development as a coach, Thames Valley Rugby Football Union (TVRFU) offers a range of New Zealand Rugby (NZR) recognized coaching courses and modules which are facilitated by TVRFU staff and resource coaches. These courses are designed to meet the specific developmental needs of the players and coaches at each level of the game.

All coaching resources used on each of the courses are supplied free of charge to those attending and completing the course and who coach within the Thames Valley province.

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What coaching training is available?

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) offers several coaching courses throughout the country. The courses are facilitated by the Thames Valley Rugby Union Rugby Development Officer (RDO) and are designed to meet the need of coaches at each level.

The NZR Rugby Smart safety course is compulsory for all coaches of U14 grade and above and must be attended each year. This course also provides a valuable coaching resource.

NZR Coaching Pathways

Opportunities exist to coach at every level, from school children, through to club level, provincial level, and progressing through to professional coaching at Super Rugby and All Blacks level. As opportunities arise you can progress as follows:

  1. Coaching Small Blacks Course
    A series of introductory modules that emphasise creating an environment of skill-development and fun. User-friendly coach’s handbooks and coaching resources are issued free to all coaches who attend the course.

    • Coaching Small Blacks Module and –
    • Beginning Rugby Course: for Under 6–Under 7 coaches or –
    • Learning Rugby Course: for Under 8–Under 10 coaches or –
    • Playing Rugby Course: for Under 11–Under 13 coaches
  1. Rugby Smart
    A 1 ½ hour presentation concentrating on injury prevention and peak performance in rugby union. Everyone involved in the coaching process of a team must attend every year regardless of whether or not they have attended a Rugby Smart presentation in previous years. This includes All Coaches, Assistant Coaches, technical advisors, specialist coaches. It is recommended that team managers also attend. The presentation includes information covering Injury prevention as well as best practice and technical coaching upskilling. Compulsory for Everyone involved in the coaching process of Under 14 level teams (Secondary School) and up for 2018.
  1. Level 1 Foundation Course

This Course is an elective course for Coaches wanting to gain more knowledge and experience on how we analyse play- how we coach technique and what are the key attributes to successful coaching. Particularly targeted at those coaches transitioning from U13’s Small Blacks to U14’s secondary schools.

  1. Developing Rugby Coaches (Level II)
    The aim of the Developing Rugby Coaches Course is to provide coaches with the skills and knowledge required:
  • To understand the Principles of Play, how these lead to identifying the ‘coachable items’ in rugby, the roles within these items, and then able to analyse and teach the skills.
  • To create a learning environment.
  • To coach the game of rugby.

Coaches who fulfil all requirements of the course will gain an accreditation in the World Rugby / NZR Level II Developing Rugby Coaches course.

Recommended for age-grade coaches: U13–U21 including Club coaches, Secondary school coaches, Senior club coaches, Provincial age-grade coaches, National age grade coaches (Under 17, Under 19, Under 21), Provincial senior coaches.

  • Performance (Advanced) Coaching Course
    A course run by Super Rugby franchises based around functional role analysis, team selection, establishing an effective team culture, physical preparation and nutrition, back attack, law, applied individual skills training, game planning, advanced continuity skills, sport psychology and communication skills. Coaches completing this course will also gain the World Rugby Level 3 qualification (Analysing and Preparing Players).
    Recommended for:
  • First XV secondary school coaches
  • Senior club coaches
  • Provincial senior coaches
  • Provincial and national age-grade coaches
  • Super Rugby coaches
  • All Blacks coaches

Prerequisites: 1. Level II Accredited & Nomination by Provincial Union

  • Certificate in Practical Rugby Coaching
    A course that gives coaches a better understanding of the practical components involved in coaching rugby in a series of modules that are user-friendly and interesting for all participants. Modules may include:

    • Lineouts
    • Scrums
    • Backlines
    • Opposed trainings
    • Goal-kicking
    • Defence

Entry is open for all coaches at all levels.

Please make contact with the Thames Valley RDO if you are interested in attending any of the above courses or would like further information.

Other Local Coaching Courses

Provincial Rugby Unions facilitate a variety of coaching courses to assist club and school coaches in their province. Contact the Thames Valley RFU Rugby Development Officer on  for more details on coaching courses in your area.

Coaching Resources  is the official NZR coaching website where all coaches can upskill themselves in their own time.

NZR Compulsory Courses

Small Blacks Modules (U6 – U13) Programme 2018

Course Course Content Target / Group
NZR – Coaching Small Blacks Module A  2 ½ hour module which provides coaches with the knowledge and skills required to coach at the U6 – U13 level. The module will also allow coaches to identify the importance they play in the development of the player and team through game development and skill acquisition. Compulsory for everyone involved in the coaching process including all Coaches & Assistant Coaches of Under 6 to  Under 13 teams for 2018.
Date Time Venue
Monday 7th May 6pm– 8.30pm Whangamata Rugby Club
Wednesday 9th May 6pm– 8.30pm Thames Rugby Club

Secondary School and Senior Coaching Rugbysmart Modules Programme 2018

Course Course Content Target / Group
Rugby Smart 

A 1 ½  hour presentation concentrating on injury prevention and peak performance in rugby union.

All Coaches and Assistant Coaches must attend regardless of whether or not they have attended a Rugby Smart presentation in previous years.

Compulsory attendance for everyone involved in the coaching process  of Under 14 level teams (Secondary School) and up for 2018.
Date Time Venue
Monday 30th April  – Last one for 2018 7pm Start Jack McClean Rec Centre – Rolleston St – Thames

(Thames High School)

Voluntary Courses

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)

Course Target / Group Course Content
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) All Small Blacks Coaches (U6 – U13 coaches) A practical based course on ‘Teaching Games for Understanding’ with regards to Rugby Union

This is about teaching skills by playing games.

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 2nd May 6.30pm – 8pm Paeroa Domain

If you have any questions regarding coach education and courses then please contact the Thames Valley Rugby Football Union Rugby Development Officer Bill Cooksley on 07 862 6352 or 027 243 8656 or by e-mail at