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Your chance to win one of 50 Premiership Rugby Scholarships for American coaches

Your chance to win one of 50 Premiership Rugby Scholarships for American coaches

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: A general view during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium on March 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

FIFTY American rugby coaches will be coming to England in 2019 on Premiership Rugby Scholarships as part of a game-changing initiative between USA Rugby and Premiership Rugby and this is your chance to be one of them.

This initiative is designed to support the development of the game in the US by empowering coaches through immersive professional development experiences in the UK.

The coaches will come to England in two groups with applications for the first 25 places – those who will arrive in England in March 2019 – now open.


Submit your entry by clicking here


The Premiership Rugby Scholarship winners will experience what it’s like to coach professional rugby in the UK, whilst taking part in a series of high-level rugby and knowledge transfer sessions. During the week in England, coaches will take part in a Level 300 coaching training course, which will be co-delivered by Premiership Rugby and USA Rugby.  Participants will take part in tailored coaching sessions on the pitch covering coaching fundamentals but will also cover topics like nutrition, strength and conditioning, video analysis, and mental growth mind-set.

Coaches will also learn about and engage with Premiership Rugby’s award-winning community programs that use rugby as a tool for social change, covering all methodologies used in these life changing initiatives. Coaches will gain insight into various ways Premiership Rugby clubs are engaging their players, fans and communities to instil the core values of rugby.

The first Premiership Rugby Scholarship winners visiting England

This short-term intensive progamme will be accompanied by long-term mentorship through an online coach education platform, with all participants in the Premiership Rugby Scholarship program having access to this ongoing resource.

This initiative is funded primarily by Friends of the British Council, through the generosity of individual donors, foundations, corporations, clubs and organizations, who recognize the value of international exchange and networks for professional development.

If you want to be one of the lucky coaches to come to England next March you will need to submit a video application by 16 December 2018 to be considered for selection by Premiership Rugby.

How to Win

  • Film and upload a video submission to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Videos can be filmed on any device but must not exceed 90 seconds
  • Visit https://woobox.com/3dtuod and complete the entry form
  • Share your entry via woobox on social media using hashtag #PremRugbyScholarships

What should the video submission include?

  • Candidate’s full name
  • Rugby team coaches and organization affiliations
  • Background and experience in the sport of rugby
  • How you coach or demonstrate the value of Rugby Union (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship)
  • How attendance in the scholarship programme will benefit you

Video submission deadline is 9pm ET on 16 December 2018

The programme is open to all female and male Level 100, 200 and 300 USA Rugby certified coaches that reside in the US and who are 18 years of age and above on 1 September 2018. Coaches will need to have their Level 200 certification completed before traveling in 2019

The trip is taking place from the 17-24 March 2019 so you will need to be available to travel on those dates

Coach Education:

  • Cover course elements to receive USA Rugby approved Level 300 certification
  • Interact with community programmes that use rugby as a tool for social change
  • Take part in tailored coaching sessions that could include nutrition, strength and conditioning and video analysis
  • Gain year round access to online coaching platform, which provides continuous engagement following the trip

Experience England:

  • Attend a Gallagher Premiership Rugby Fixture
  • Appear as an audience member on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight programme
  • Tour of Rugby School, the birthplace of the game

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