WRU/UKCC Level 3 Coaching Course

The WRU Coach Development Team can today announce the dates for the 2015/2016 Season National WRU/UKCC Level 3 Coaching in Rugby Union Course.


The venue will once again be the WRU National Centre of Excellence [NCofE] and will run over a nine month period with compulsory days of attendance [provisionally]

  • Sunday 2nd August 2015
  • Sunday 6th September 2015
  • Sunday 6th December 2015
  • Sunday 7th February 2016
  • Sunday 1st May 2016



To provide candidates who have an on-going involvement in coaching rugby union with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to deliver a coaching programme and demonstrate their rugby union coaching ability. The Certificate offers an opportunity for candidates to be given support to effectively apply the principles of performance profiling, goal setting and designing a rugby union coaching programme including its planning, implementation and evaluation in an active coaching environment.


It also aims to enable the candidate to create an effective coaching environment, establish supportive working relationships and manage the behaviour of players and others. This is achieved through an understanding and the application of the underpinning knowledge of the Level 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Coaching, Teaching and Instructing and the Level 3 Rugby Union Technical Definition and Assessment Specification.


The course is a WRU/SRU/RFU joint award, awarded by 1st4Sport Qualifications.

The course is predominantly classroom theory based, however a practical element is included, you will be expected to participate as fully as possible.

The Candidate should be made aware that they will need to present their learning using a combination of Microsoft Office – word, Excel and PowerPoint templates.

The WRU and 1st4Sport wish to offer a high quality service to all its candidates, if you have any specific learner needs or if you have any medical condition that prohibits your participation in the practical activities, please make your Regional Officer aware during your application in order that appropriate arrangements can be made.



The National WRU/UKCC Coaching in Rugby Union course will accommodate a maximum of 24 Candidates.


Due to the anticipated demand of course places across Wales, priority access will be given to candidates based on the following criteria if applications exceed the allocated numbers:


Enhanced Priority:

  • Regional Development / Elite Staff
  • Regional Age Grade Coaches (16 – 20)
  • Regional based Premiership Coach
  • Regional Development Workforce, including:
  • Junior Player Development Coaches
  • Coach Educators


    Preferred Priority:

  • Regional resident
  • Regional based Senior/Youth level coach
  • Regular attendance at Regional CPD events


Minimum Priority:

  • UKCC Coaching in Rugby Union Level 2
  • Coaching a rugby team on a regular basis
  • Out of region applicants


Applicants must have regular access to Youth [14+]/Senior Team players in order to be considered for the course.

As access to the course can only be authorised by the Regional Coach Development team, suitably qualified and experienced Level 2 coaches are urged to register interest for the course by sending their “Rugby / Coaching CV” [This must include Two Rugby related Referees] to their Regional Coach Development Officer along with video footage of the applicant coaching over a period of not less than 20 minutes: 

To register your interest please contact Dan Owens, WRU Coach Development Officer for the Ospreys region via email dowens@wru.co.uk no later than Friday 10th April 2015.

Suitable applicants will be contacted for a coaching observation to confirm their suitability to attend the course, prior to them making any payments.