Becoming a Volunteer

We welcome volunteers whether experienced or new to the game!

There are some minimum standards that need to be completed, prior to volunteering a club/CB. If any of these are not achieved then the coach has 4 weeks to do so, in the meantime they must work under the supervision of the lead coach.

  • Safeguarding

RFU introduction to safeguarding E-Learning course

A pre-requisite to DBS application. To complete the course: log into GMS > click on course finder >Remove your postcode > Select virtual courses from the drop-down box > Select the safeguarding course > Add to basket > Check out > Then check emails (and junk folder) for the course link.

  • Volunteer Application Form

Prior to your DBS application you will be asked to fill in a volunteer application form by your CSO form and to supply 2 referees.


RFU DBS is a pre-requisite. The Disclosure & Barring Service Application is made by the club safeguarding and welfare officer following the applicant providing evidence of identity x 2 proof of address x 1. A list of documents can be found here

  • Play it Safe

A 3-hour Face to Face course that should be completed within the first year of volunteering to deepen your understanding re safeguarding within your club. Bookable via GMS Course Finder

Rugby Courses

  • Headcase

Compulsory training for every coach, should be updated annually.

Headcase can be found here please make sure you complete the training version.

Any queries please contact me.

Rich Berry - GRFU Safeguarding Manager.