Help! I volunteered to coach

Eliminate the fear and uncertainty that every first-time coach experiences
Dan Cottrell


You've just volunteered (or been volunteered) to help out at your club.

What happens next?

First, don't panic!

Then, enrol on my new introductory course.

Help! I volunteered to coach

This online course takes just 15-20 minutes to complete but introduces you to a number of key concepts and ideas to help you on your coaching journey.

In the time it takes to enjoy a cup of tea you will know:

What you need to do before your first session
What to expect on the day
How to make your session run smoothly

There’s a mix of videos, text and quizzes (nothing taxing, don’t worry) and it’s a breeze to work through. You can do it on your laptop, tablet or phone.

What’s more, it’s completely free.

Click here to join the course.


You know how difficult it is to get volunteers to help coach so it’s important to do everything you can to make the experience as painless as possible.

This course won’t make your volunteers into polished, professional coaches but it will remove a great deal of the fear and uncertainty that every first-time coach experiences.

I hope that this course will encourage more volunteers to come forward and put their hands up to help as a coach or assistant coach. Please do share it with everyone in your club as it could be enough to help just one more parent take the leap and get involved.




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Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section. He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup. He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.