Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme


Applications now open for 2017/18 season.

Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme

  • We offer a vocational qualification pathway, linked to local rugby clubs and schools which involves working towards a Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 in Leisure Management
  • The Modern Apprentice Community Coach programme is a partnership between Scottish Rugby and rugby clubs, schools or local authorities and Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
  • Our Modern Apprentices gain valuable experience and professional qualifications in rugby coaching, child protection, refereeing and first aid.
  • Full time posts are available in various locations throughout Scotland.


During the Modern Apprentice Community Coach programme your duties will be to:

  • be employed full time with Scottish Rugby
  • deliver a programme for primary or secondary school aged children during curriculum and after school
  • create and manage school-to-club links
  • deliver high quality rugby coaching sessions to schools and clubs
  • organise club youth programmes
  • organise rugby festivals and events
  • assist and manage the administration of local rugby development
  • assist with and manage the monitoring of rugby activity in the local area
  • meet the deadlines set for portfolio completion to achieve the MA Award
  • act as a role model and ambassador for Scottish Rugby
  • achieve a variety of coaching and associated qualifications
  • comply with all health and safety and child protection procedures
  • attend all Scottish Rugby in-service training and local council development training as required

Career Opportunities

The skills you learn throughout your programme will equip you for careers in rugby and sport development. Several previous graduates of this programme have become Development Officers and work in coaching and administrative roles within Scottish Rugby. Others have have progressed on to Sport Coaching and Development courses at College. Courses at University in the area of Sport Studies, Sports Science and Physical Education Teaching have also been achieved by former MAs.

Have a look at some testimonials from some of our previous Modern Apprentices. 

What you will study

Entry Requirements

  • Interested candidates should be aged 16-19 years old and not in full-time education or employment. You will also need to have a club, school or local authority as a sponsor.
  • You should be able to demonstrate an interest in rugby with experience of coaching rugby and/or working with children/young people being advantageous. Computer literacy with working knowledge of MS Office packages (Word and Outlook) is essential.
  • Candidates should also be able to demonstrate good written and oral communication skills and demonstrate good organisational and time keeping skills.


Programme Session

MA Community Coach Level 3


National Apprentice Minimum Wage

(£3.50/ hour as of April 2017)

Modern Apprentice Community Coaches will also be provided with a small travel allowance.

How to Apply

Applications for 2017/18 entry will open on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

To apply for the Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme you should complete the application form on the Scottish Rugby careers website. Please note that you will be required to upload a covering letter and sponsorship form in order to complete your application. 

Your covering letter should detail why you're interested in applying and how you meet the requirements for the post. 

Applications should be submitted no later than the closing date. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and sucessful candidates will start at the beginning of August 2017.

Please contact Paul Kesterton, Education Manager ( - Tel: 07817 970508) should you have any questions.