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1. Coaching Development

Manchester Rugby Club lead’s the way with an innovative coach development plan that has been taken up as best practice by the RFU and Lancashire.

We have been awarded KIDS FIRST RUGBY status by the RFU

All age groups have at least one qualified RFU coach and all our coaches are DBS enhanced checked.

Club Coaching Structure

James Beane has been re-appointed Director of Men's Rugby and Simon Ogdon Head Coach after guiding the team to promotion. The pair bring with them a wealth of rugby playing and coaching experience. Both also work within the Academy at Sale Sharks where James is a coach in the Development Group and Simon is the Academy Coach Development Manager.

They will be supported by Neil James and Chris Gough who also stepped-up into new roles earlier in the year, Ian Richardson will continue in his role as 3rd XV Manager with the club running 3 teams for the third consecutive season.

Mens Senior Rugby

James Beane
m. 07919 033862

Womens Head Coach:
James Armstrong
m: 07739 996901

Age group coaches and their contact details can be found on this website under the age group details.

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 a number of different roles, covering the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects demanded by our game.

The RFU is committed to offering a world-leading coaching development service, from helping volunteers who want to coach junior tag rugby on a Sunday morning to assisting people who aim to reach a professional coaching standard.

Why coach?

Coaching rugby union is a rewarding and challenging way to spend your time. It is a great way of staying involved in the sport and helping to nurture the next generation of players. Manchester Rugby Club provides high quality coaching that is central to recruiting and retaining players and developing the rugby skills and understanding of players at all levels.

Getting started

As a new coach, you are advised to undertake one of the foundation courses such as the Rugby Leaders Award, Start Coaching Tag Rugby or the Start Coaching Rugby Ready Course and progress to taking the Level 1 Coaching Certificate which is the first level on the qualification pathway.

Please note that before applying for a Level 1 coaching course you must have attended a Rugby Ready Course.

Coaches can also attend one of a range of Continuous Personal
Development(CPD) courses which help practising coaches develop a greater knowledge of the game.

Please refer to the Manchester Rugby Club Coaching Pathway

For more information please contact

Club Coaching Co-ordinator – Jonny Hirst
07703 886550


Welcome to the RFU Rules and Regulations section of – your central resource for the rules and regulations of Rugby Union football in England. Each regulation is available as a pdf below, which can be viewed online or downloaded to your own computer.

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Visit the RFU Coaching Academy

The RFU Online Coaching Academy website aims to communicate and support coaches at all levels of experience and expertise. The RFU is committed to offering a world-leading coaching development service, from helping volunteers who want to coach children’s tag rugby on a Sunday morning, to those aiming to become a professional coach.

An effective rugby coach is someone who “leads the optimum improvement of a rugby player at each stage of his/her development.” High quality coaching plays a pivotal role in sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union; it also helps talented players to improve their own performances which will secure the future quality of the English game. The enjoyment and fulfillment of the player is a direct reflection of the environment set by the coach.

To be an effective coach you will need to fulfill a number of different roles and accept a variety of responsibilities, covering social and personal skills, coaching process and leadership skills, technical skill focus, game understanding, physical and movement skills demanded by our game.

The RFU Coaching Academy offers further resources and features to enhance your development as a coach and your enjoyment of the course you may have attended or wish to attend. We hope you find the academy brings added value to your course and helps you identify the next step in your coaching journey.

Welcome to the IRB's Coaching web site - the home of Rugby coaching on the web.

Here you'll find a range of resources to support you in your coaching, from online learning about aspects of coaching to community forums, technical content and more.

New Zealand Rugby have an excellent resource called the Coaching Toolbox, a lot of the information is accessible but some requires a subscription


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