Rugby Football makes a considerable contribution to the lives of Welsh people. Well over half the population in Wales show an active interest in the game, whether as a player, a coach, an official, an administrator or simply a supporter.
Rugby in Wales also provides a healthy and enjoyable leisure-time pursuit, with many people being given the opportunity to develop their skills and test themselves, not only against each other but also against other countries. Further, rugby football in particular, offers experience, which contributes to self-esteem and self-fulfilment, to confidence and personal development.
The quality of experience will depend on many variables such as facilities and organisation, but perhaps the most central factor is the quality of the leadership and the coaching. Coaching is central to performance improvements at all levels. Coaches’ work with a vast range of performers at all levels, and most of these work with children. The WRU recognises that coaches who work within the WRU pathway need to have a course that suits the needs and skills for coaching children. With effect from September 2013 the WRU coach development department, will be running courses, which are designed for the coaching of children from U7s up to U13, coaches within these age groups will need to apply for this new course. In addition to this a new Adults course will also be running from September for coaches who coach players from U14s to adults.