Do you want to turn your passion for rugby into a rewarding career? An ever-increasing workforce of skilled professionals is needed to help rugby players reach their full potential. Strength and conditioning, coaching and performance, fitness testing, team and player analysis, nutrition and psychology are all becoming vital to performance.
This rugby coaching course offers a unique opportunity to work towards industry-recognised World Rugby/Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) rugby coaching awards. This means you can be confident you’ll graduate with enhanced employment prospects in the field.
USW’s rugby course is supported by the WRU and professional rugby regions in Wales. It has been designed in consultation with WRU Coach Education Managers, Cardiﬀ Rugby, Dragons, Scarlets, and Ospreys coach educators and United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) strength and conditioning experts, and many of these staﬀ contribute to the course.
You can work towards your Rugby Union Level 1 and 2 Children’s and Senior World Rugby & Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Coaching awards, Level 1 and 2 Refereeing qualifications, and gain relevant experience within Performance Analysis and Strength and Conditioning modules, which provide experience of working in those areas.
What you will study
You will gain an understanding of the varied, dynamic and constantly changing nature of rugby development. From grass roots community projects that engage people to take up rugby, to working with elite players who are at the top of their game.
Your studies will integrate theory and practical lectures with community rugby experience, so you’ll develop coaching, leadership and enterprise skills, and gain experience of working in the professional rugby industry.
You’ll study rugby coaching, refereeing, team management, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, performance analytics and fitness testing and evaluation. You will also have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised World Rugby and Welsh Rugby Union coaching and refereeing awards which are embedded into the practical coaching modules.
Year One: Rugby Coaching course
Your first year will provide you with the underpinning theory and practice of coaching young athletes via practical sessions and classroom-based lectures. You will gain knowledge of how grass roots rugby is organised and managed in the community, and you will have the opportunity to lead school and club activities and events like Tag festivals.
You will explore the fundamental principles of how young children learn sports skills. You will also have the opportunity to undertake coach education qualifications to boost your CV. Children’s Level 1 Coaching and Level 1 Refereeing qualifications are built into double rugby modules and paid for by the Welsh Rugby Union.
Introduction to performance Analysis for rugby coaching and performance – 20 credits – Ioan-Alexandru Paval
The aim of the module is to encourage an understanding of both theoretical and practical Camerawork/capture skills related to rugby union and other professional environments.
Rugby Coaching: Young Performers – 40 credits – Dean Parsons
The module will encourage participation and understanding of both theoretical and practical “how to coach” skills related to rugby union at primary, junior level (5-12 years of age) and cover the Rugby leaders, Rugby Ready, L1 WRU certificate.
Academic Research and Professional Skills – 20 credits – Dean Parsons
The aim of this module is to enable students to gain the fundamental social, interpersonal and academic building blocks for a vibrant and successful University experience.
Managing and Developing Rugby in the Community – 20 credits – Dean Parsons
The focus of this module is to provide students with the knowledge to be able to establish or support community rugby initiatives. The module will also involve students learning the key skills required to effectively manage dedicated rugby facilities and deliver successful community focused events.
Strength and Conditioning in Rugby Union – 20 credits – Peter Ashcroft
The module is designed to provide students with the theoretical and applied knowledge to be able to construct and deliver effective strength and conditioning sessions with rugby union.
Year Two: Rugby Coaching course
You will develop your knowledge of coaching and leadership principles and approaches to developing and managing rugby with adolescent groups. You will study barriers to rugby and gain experience of running enterprising events and completing a community rugby placement. This year will expand your understanding of the different career options available to you.
Rugby Coaching: Adolescent Performers – 40 credits – Dean Parsons
The module will cover both theoretical and practical “What to coach” skills related to rugby union at primary, junior level (12-17 years of age) and cover the WRU Level 2 Coaching Rugby Union course.
Research Methods – 20 credits – Stuart Jarvis
This will build on the student’s understanding of research methods and broaden and deepen your appreciation of the range of approaches to research using research for both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Sport Placement – 20 credits – Dean Parsons
Students will be provided with the opportunity to conduct their work-related experience within a number of key vocational areas related to the sports industry.
Physical Education and School Sport – 20 credits (optional) – Chris Emsley
This module is designed to analyse the role of the PE teacher and sports coach, both within Primary and Secondary education and offer an insight into the contemporary initiatives that focus on School Sport provision with an emphasis on Government involvement and/or intervention.
Rugby Performance Analysis – 20 credits – Ioan-Alexandru Paval
The module will develop the students’ knowledge of performance analysis as a tool within the coaching process, in rugby union and introduce an understanding of measurement issues and information processing related to rugby union performance.
Year Three: Rugby Coaching course
During this year, you can choose to undertake a placement for one or two days a week working with one of our partner sports organisations. Some of our current students are working with organisations such as WRU, Cardiff Rugby , Newport Gwent Dragons, the Ospreys and the Scarlets, Sports Development departments, schools and other sports organisations. This experience will enable you to enhance your CV and create a strong network within the rugby industry in the UK and overseas.
Applied Professional Project – 40 credits – Chris Emsley
This module aims to provide the student with a platform upon which they can enhance the effectiveness of their workplace experience and develop their vocational skills.
Dissertation – 40 credits – Stuart Jarvis
This will enable the student to design and conduct an independent study and to be able to critically evaluate scientific data and literature.
Rugby Coaching: Adult Performers – 40 credits – Dean Parsons
The module provides will provide students with an understanding of the underpinning Level coaching, teaching and instructing and the level 3 Rugby union technical definition and Assessment specification.
Strength and Conditioning – 20 credits (optional) – Morgan Williams
The module will provide students with the underpinning scientific knowledge required to deliver effective strength and conditioning programs.
Work Based Learning – 20 credits (optional) – Dean Parsons
The module is designed to provide a platform upon which the learner can enhance the effectiveness of the workplace experience and reflect on these experiences.
Analysis in Rugby Coaching and Performance – 20 credits (optional) – Ioan-Alexandru Paval
The module will further develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the issues related to rugby analysis, the requirements of coaches, players, and other related professionals within the game of rugby union at academy and senior level.
Creatively Teaching Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing – 20 credits (optional) – Chris Emsley
The module will develop student’s professional teaching skills and subject knowledge of Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing topics arising from the National Curriculum to enable them to teach Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing.
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