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Rugby Union embrace UKCC endorsement

The three home country Unions gained UKCC re-endorsement for the second time for their Levels 1, 2 & 3 qualifications in 2011.

The Unions were first endorsed at Level 1 & 2 back in 2006 as one of the first sports to undergo the process, with Level 3 being endorsed in 2008.

As part of the endorsement process the sport agrees to undertake continuous development of their qualification and the re-endorsement demonstrates the Unions’ commitment to this.

The process of coach-education development has been enhanced by this year’s migration of the qualifications in England and Wales from the National Qualification Framework (NQF) to the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), along with Scottish Rugby’s earlier migration to the Scottish Qualification and Credit Framework (SQCF). These moves allow for greater scope to develop qualifications within a flexible structure.

The principle of continuous development is very much embedded in the Unions. They gather on a regular basis to discuss and develop all aspects of their qualifications - not just the content of the courses - but the training for the tutors, assessors and verifiers, the resources, and the monitoring and evaluating methods.

The commitment to development is also shown by the fact that work is well underway in creating a Level-1 children’s coach qualification, which will be available later in the year.

The WRU sees UKCC as so much more than a tick box exercise, it has been the development tool that has guided and sometimes challenges us to make the journey of the coach a rewarding one through our coach development programme. Working as three Unions has brought further experience and knowledge which has benefitted all who play the game.

Gerry Roberts: Coach Development Manager (East), WRU

Scottish Rugby supports now, as at the outset of UKCC, the continuous development of coach education within Rugby Union. Scottish Rugby embraces working as three unions and sees the strengths of working together which can be seen with the re-endorsement of the Levels 1-3.

Jock Peggie: UKCC Development Manager Scottish Rugby

The RFU have always been an advocate of UKCC and with the other Unions have worked continuously to raise the standard of coach education at all levels of the game. Gaining re-endorsement not only celebrates the work done, but shows the commitment to ongoing development of our coach education programme.

Gary Henderson: Head of Coach & Player Development Rugby Football Union