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Stage 1 (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 (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’.

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”.

Upcoming Courses

Saturday 24 March 2018 | Stage 1 (Mini) | Fethard, Co. Tipperary | Places now available.

Sunday 25 March 2018 | Stage 1 (Mini) | Irish Independent Park | Places now available.

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

Stage 1 Application Form

Please contact aidancleary@munsterrrugby.ie for further information on the above courses.

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