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Coaching Children Award

Mini Rugby

The IRFU “Children’s Coach Course” is for coaches of Mini Rugby players aged 5-12.

Players are introduced to the game of rugby for the first time through participation in games with reduced numbers of 8, 10, or 12-a-side.

The goal is to develop players’ all-round skills and game-understanding with an emphasis on Fundamental Movement Skills delivered through basic Technical, Tactical & Physical course modules.

There is an emphasis on enjoyment and player development using best practice, the coach acting as a ‘Guide’ in a player-centred process.

Entry criteria 

  • Participants must be a minimum of 16 yrs of age.
  • Please note coaches aged 16-18 years are limited to performing in an Assistant Coach role, under the direct supervision and guidance of an accredited Children’s Rugby coach aged 18+
  • Priority where required will be given to participants actively involved in coaching Mini Rugby players.

Numbers per course 

45 maximum

Award Requirements

1. Complete 3 online (pre-course) modules:

· Children’s Coach Course Introduction

· Mini Rugby Refereeing module

· Role of the Coach module

2. Complete online Concussion Awareness module

3. Complete Course Attendance

Note: Coaches have 2 Seasons to complete award requirements.

Upcoming Courses

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Coaching Children Award – Musgrave Park; Click here to book & for more details

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Coaching Children Award – Young Munster RFC; Click here to book & for more details 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Coaching Children Award – MTU Tralee; Click here to book & for more details

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Coaching Children Award – Cashel RFC; Click here to book & more details 

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Coaching Children Award – Clonakilty RFC, Click here to book & more details 

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Coaching Children Award – Shannon RFC; Click here to book & for more details

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Coaching Children Award – Cork Constitution FC; Click here to book & for more details

Coaches must use the same e-mail to register as they use for Rugby Connect, or their qualifications will not link across on completion of the course requirements.

Closing date for registrations is one week prior to commencement of the course, any queries regarding the course can be directed to aidancleary@munsterrugby.ie 

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