QUT and QRU provides coaching pathways for aspiring teachers

Queensland Rugby Union’s partnership with QUT is continuing to pay dividends for students and the game of Rugby alike.

Last week saw the National Rugby Training Centre at Ballymore host 13 QUT teaching students who undertook a Foundation Coaching Course under the guidance of the QRU Coach Education and Game Development team.

The Level 1 course provides a foundational understanding of the sport and will allow the aspiring teachers to coach oppositional contact at schools, making Rugby more accessible in schools across the state.

The accreditation ensures schools can run contact Rugby sessions without an external coach, a valuable asset for studying teachers and their schools as they move into employment.

QUT student Jacques Knop said: “We’ve been very hands on, we’ve been doing stuff in the classroom, learning the theory and coming on field and actually putting it into practice.

“It will definitely enhance my ability to coach. I plan on getting involved with Rugby Sevens and Fifteens at my school. We’ve already started the Sevens program, so hopefully I can go back into that and get involved.

“No matter your skill or ability you, whether you’ve played Rugby before or you’re a newbie wanting to get involved, the staff are very supportive. It’s a very clear program and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”

More courses will run in 2024, with the accreditation offered to students university wide at QUT.