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Coaching Children Award (U7-U12)

Mini Rugby

This course is specifically designed for coaches of Mini rugby (7-12 years old) where players are being introduced to rugby for the first time and participating in games of reduced numbers (8s, 10s and 12-a-side). 

The focus is on safety & enjoyment with the coach acting as a ‘guide’ in a player-centered 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. 

Entry criteria 

  • Participants must be a minimum of 16 yrs 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.
    • Priority (where required) will be given to participants actively involved in coaching Mini Rugby. 

Numbers per course 

40 maximum/25 minimum 


  • Pre-Course Requirement – all attendees must complete an online ‘Concussion Awareness’ module and examination before printing off their certificate of completion and presenting it upon arrival at the course.
    • Full course attendance.
    • Practical demonstration (on course) of safety awareness in skills requiring contact.
    • Sign-off and awareness of the IRFU “Child Welfare Document.” 

The IRFU reserves the right to modify, replace or add to accreditation requirements in accordance with updates to Coach Development programmes. 

Upcoming Courses

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Coaching Children Award – University of Limerick; Click here to book & for more details

Sunday, October 2, 2022

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

Saturday, October 15, 2022

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

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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

Sunday, November 20, 2022 

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

Sunday, December 4, 2022

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

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Coaching Children Award – Clonmel RFC; Click here to book & 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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