The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union (QCF)is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications and has been developed in partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) – the national governing body for the sport in England.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union (QCF) is regulated at Level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). For further information on the regulated status of the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union (QCF), please log on to The Register of Regulated Qualifications website. For further information on the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), visit the sports coach UK website.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union (QCF) is designed for those over 14 years of age with little experience or involvement in the development of others through rugby union.
The qualification aims to enable young people to develop leadership skills through the development of grass-roots rugby union. Focus will be put on you developing a range of skills as an independent enquirer, team worker, self manager, creative thinker and effective participant. The opportunities for such skills to be used more broadly in sport and within your chosen career will be highlighted.
During your learning programme, you will be provided with an introduction to a number of voluntary leadership roles through an engagement with grass-roots rugby union development, including leading Tag Rugby activity sessions, refereeing Tag Rugby games, managing a local Tag Rugby team and contributing to the organisation and delivery of a local Tag Rugby festival/event for young people. Your learning programme will provide you with guidance on further opportunities as a sport leader, including how to contribute to grass-roots sport as an administrator, coach, referee, team manager and sport development volunteer. While this qualification is delivered through the medium of grass-roots rugby union, the skills may be used when working with other sports, under appropriate guidance.
- To gain a variety of skills that can be used within the sport and in the wider world of learning or employment.
- To learn how to introduce people to the sport of rugby union in a safe and ethical manner.
- To support the growth of the sport at grass-roots level.
- As an opportunity to develop skills that will support the development of others.
What can I use the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union (QCF) for?
The qualification will guide you towards further opportunities to contribute to grass-roots rugby union, including roles as:
- Tag Rugby activity leader
- local league administrator
- Tag Rugby team manager
- Tag Rugby festival event coordinator/leader
- Tag Rugby referee.
Learning programmes are usually designed by the recognised centre that delivers the qualification. They may, therefore, vary in length and format. Depending on your needs, delivery centres can offer intensive courses or a series of learning events over a period of days, weekends or a school term or event year. Whatever the timescale, all learning programmes should include the following phases:
- attendance at an induction event that will provide you with an introduction to the qualification and ongoing support throughout the programme of training and home study, to ensure you understand the requirements of the qualification. In addition, you will receive support and guidance on accessing learning resources that support the development of your knowledge
- a programme of training, during which you will be provided with the predominantly practical and technical information required to enable you to fulfil the role
- a series of short assessments of your rugby union leadership skills as you progress
- further development of your role, via practical activities over a period of time.
At the conclusion of the programme of training and assessment, you will be provided with formal feedback on your performance and action-planned for your further development.
What will I learn?
During completion of the qualification, you will:
- prepare to lead Tag Rugby activity sessions for young people
- lead Tag Rugby activity sessions for young people
- review and reflect on your leadership of Tag Rugby activity sessions for young people
- prepare to referee Tag Rugby activity sessions and Tag Rugby games for young people
- referee Tag Rugby activity sessions and Tag Rugby games for young people
- review and reflect on your refereeing during Tag Rugby activity sessions and Tag Rugby games for young people
- understand how to prepare self and players to play in a Tag Rugby game
- understand how to support players in a game
- understand how to review own contributions to a team
- contribute to the organisation of a Tag Rugby event for young people
- contribute to the delivery of a Tag Rugby event for young people
- review and reflect on your contribution to the organisation and organisation of a Tag Rugby event for young people.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership Through Rugby Union (QCF) assessment will require you, in summary, to have:
- been observed preparing for, leading and reviewing appropriate Tag Rugby activities for young people, which should include one of the following:
- activities for developing fundamental skills
- activities for developing Tag Rugby skills
- adapted activities for disabled players
- been assessed on your ability to identify, set out and put away equipment appropriate to the planned activities
- been observed refereeing one modified non-contact game or rugby union activity for young people
- completed a number of tasks that confirm learners’ understanding of how to work with teams playing modified versions of rugby union
- been observed contributing to the organisation, delivery and review of a rugby union event/festival for young people, which might include:
- Tag Rugby activities
- adapted activities for disabled players.
Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Qualifications Learner Pack and appropriate learning resource. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre.
The qualification is only delivered by 1st4sport Qualifications’ recognised centres, not all of which offer open courses to members of the public. Your first port of call to access a course is to check the recognised centre finder.