Fri 09 Jun 2023 08:25

The purpose of 'Coaches Corner' is to collate and identify a range of coaching resources to support and develop our M&J coaches to provide the best quality of coaching to our 400+ M&J players.

Our M&J vision is 'to be an outstanding section by supporting and developing confident, skillful players who enjoy playing rugby'.


Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in developing, sustaining, and increasing participation in rugby union, securing the future and quality of the English game.

To be an effective coach, you will need to fulfil several different roles, covering the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects demanded by our game.

There is lots of help available for all levels of coaches whether you are just starting out with M&J or even seniors or if you are working your way up the coaching ladder.

Old Laurentian RFC M&J is committed to helping coaches of all levels and there is lots of support available.

At Old Laurentian RFC M&J we are aiming to:

1. Increase the standard and numbers of coaches

2. Support our Junior Rugby coaches to transition and retain in the game.

3. Increase and support the number of advanced level coaches in our club

4. Introduce coach mentors 

5. Support youth players into coaching.

RFU led Courses are all listed on the RFU Online Course Booking site and you are able to search for courses close to you and make both individual and group bookings.
The coaching area of the RFU Website has lots of very useful information and advice on all aspects related to coaching including; information on RFU Coaching Courses, My Coaching Academy, Online Course Booking, Coach Licencing and much more.
In April 2023, the RFU Council voted to adopt the law changes to lower the tackle heigh in community rugby to below the base of the sternum. A range of online resources, guidance documents, training videos and face-toface training opportunities have been created to help support players, coaches, referees, volunteers and CBs ahead of the 2023/2024 season.
World Rugby Coaching Website
World Rugby Coaching website also has a range of resources to support you in your coaching, from online learning about aspects of coaching to community forums, technical content and more.
If you have registered on another World Rugby Passport site, you do not need to register again.You can use the same details to log in here.
In-House Coaching Courses in collaboration with Community Group
2022 has seen Old Laurentian RFC in collaboration with Community Group provide 'in-house' coaching courses for our new coaches and CPD for our existing coaches around 'Coaching Age-Grade Tag' and 'Coaching Age-Grade Contact'. This will contine throughput the season and updates on courses and mentoring opportunities will communicated to our coaches through our AGC's, M&J committee communication, OLMJ Coaches Facebook page and OLMJ Voounteers WhatsApp groups. 
In-House First Aid Training
At OLMJ we are lucky to have our very own RFU qualified First Aid trainer Chris Booth (our resident M&J Lead Mini Coach and RugbySafe Lead) who organises regular First Aid at Work training sessions based in our own clubhouse to upskill as many of our M&J coaches, Agc's and volunteers. We are able to provide qualified First Aiders at all our M&J games and training sessions. Updates on dates of courses will communicated to our coaches through our AGC's, M&J committee communication, OLMJ Coaches Facebook page and OLMJ Voounteers WhatsApp groups. 
England Rugby eLearning courses - Free to access and complete
Kids First Tag, Kids First Contact, Principles of Scrummaging, Gamechangers Master Class on the Breakdown, Tacklesafe, Emergency First Aid in Rugby
This updated eLearning resource will support you to Coach & Referee safely and effectively. These cover all aspects of coahcing the game from U7's - U18's; preparation to tackle; coaching through Skill Zone/ Game Zone approach, understand and apply the laws.
To access these free eLearning course, please follow this link: Coach resources (
Activate eLearning- Video Introduction
As you prepare to reintroduce contact rugby Activate should be a part of your pre training and match routines. Our Activate research has proven to:
• Reduce Concussion by 59%
• Reduce Match Injuries by 79%
• Reduce Lower Limb Injuries by 40%
Access the free Activate resources here:
This awareness course is for all involved in Age Grade Rugby and completion is compulsory prior to all DBS applications and prior to participation in England Rugby Coaching or Refereeing Award Courses.
The course ensures that everyone has a grasp of the basics in relation to safeguarding, including being able to recognise potentially abusive situations and understand how to report concerns.
Booked via the Course Administration Centre, it will take 30-40 minutes to complete; it is free, open to all and mandatory for any of our Old Laurentian RFC volunteers to complete.
Safeguarding courses (
A three-hour course for any volunteer or coach working with or with responsibility for children within rugby. The Constituent Body Safeguarding Manager, Club Safeguarding Officer or the Rugby Development Officer for your CB can book this at a cost of £20 per delegate, each receiving accreditation.
Targeted at Club Safeguarding Officers. This three-hour workshop will be organised by the Constituent Body Safeguarding Manager or the Rugby Development Officer for your CB and is free to Club Safeguarding Officers, who will receive accreditation.
Both courses can be booked with advance payment online. Please include your email address for joining instructions.
Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union - Overview | Rise 360 (
This series of videos support the delivery of the RFU Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union course and you’re encouraged to access them before, during and after the course to assist in your learning.
Kids First Rugby Website & England Rugby Kids First Facebook Group
The Facebook group and website is aimed at upskilling coaches and creating a great rugby environment so that everyone stays in the game for longer. Kids First (
Keep Your Boots On - Youtube channel/website
Keep Your Boots On! provides a Coaches Toolkit including webinars, Youtube videos and over 50 courses to choose from, whatever your age or experience. Visit the KYBO! Youtube Channel for the biggest library of rugby development videos in the world!
Rugby Coaching Weekly
Rugby drills, skills and coaching advice | Rugby Coach Weekly is a website which you can sign up for free. It provides expert sessions and advice from qualified grass roots rugby coaches. There is an option to subscribe to receive a weekly magazine, an online library and newsletters.
Sport Plan - Free options and subscription options to website
Rugby Coaching made easy!
Rugby Drills - Get Inspired - 1100+ Rugby Coaching | Sportplan provides access to over 1100 rugby drills, techniques and coaching plans plus powerful tools to help you become a more confident coach.

We have funds and grants available to support our coaches and aspiring coaches through their coaching career and up the ladder. If you are interested in joining Old Laurentian RFC as a coach or volunteer, please contact Gareth Salisbury (Head Coach Juniors) via

Facebook (Mini & Junior)