This two-day course is specifcally designed for coaches of Mini rugby (6yrs-12yrs) where players are being introduced to rugby for the first time and participating in games of reduced numbers (8’s, 10’s and 12-a-side).

The focus is on safety & enjoyment with the coach acting as ‘guide’ in a player-centred process. Developing players’ all-round skills and game-understanding with an emphasis on Physical Literacy appropriate to the stages of development of each individual are the key technical, tactical & physical module objectives.

The course develops the coach as ‘Guide’.


There is no entry requirement; however, priority (where applicable) will be given to participants who were actively involved in coaching Mini Rugby.


– Full course attendance (all modules).
– Practical demonstration (within course) of safety awareness in skills requiring contact.
– Sign-off and commitment to IRFU Child Welfare Policy document.
– Participants must be 16yrs of age.

Important Note: Coaches aged 16-18 yrs old are restricted to performing in an Assistant Coach role, under the direct supervision and guidance of an Accredited Mini Rugby coach aged 18yrs or older.


Attend update clinic (4 years)
Liable to adjustment as required

Numbers per course: 40 maximum / 15 minimum


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