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RFU - England Rugby Developing Player Programme Lead

LocationHome based
Hours of Work
Salary & Benefits £26-28k
Closing Date10 Aug

Job Description

Nature and scope:

The England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDPP) is committed to providing a high quality, player development experience for players aged U14-16, which encourages lifelong participation in the game and enables those with the greatest potential to be clearly identified. 

The role will include managing and overseeing the Yorkshire ERDPP ensuring a collaborative approach to working whilst building and maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders within Yorkshire and the RFU. 

They will be expected to work closely with Lead Coaches to ensure that sessions are delivered to a high standard and that they have the necessary resources to achieve the objectives of the delivery plan.

Player and coach development are intrinsically linked, the vision is to provide excellent coaching every time for every player in the Regional Academy pathway. The post holder will design, manage and implement the academy coach development processes, programmes and partnerships.  They will plan and lead a programme of coach development for existing and potential coaches working in the ERDPP and Player Development Group (PDG) within the territory of the Regional Academy.

• To work closely with the Yorkshire Rugby Academy Manager and the England Rugby Player Pathway Manager to ensure all appropriate administrative tasks are completed, including an annual ERDPP delivery, coach development and budget plan that aligns to all Age Grade regulations and ERDPP Framework requirements.
• Manage the nomination, assessment and selection process.
• Ensure effective communication with key stakeholders, players and parents.
• Identify coaches to join the programme and work with Lead Coaches in the Areas to make sure that minimum staffing levels are maintained so that delivery of the ERDPP is not compromised.
• To work with the ERDPP Lead Coaches, to design and deliver content and structure of training sessions and other events in order to develop the players involved in line with the programme objectives and the England Rugby Development Framework.
• Devise and deliver an induction for all new players and parents to ensure that they are fully informed as to the purpose of the ERDPP and how it will be delivered.
• To commit to on-going personal development and training to ensure that delivery practices, skills and knowledge are as up to date as possible.
• Undertake such other duties as maybe required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the Academy and the RFU.
• Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU, including the promotion of the RFU core values and BACK culture.
• Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the organisation 

Candidate overview

The skills and attributes outlined in this description are not exhaustive and we welcome candidates who can bring different relevant experiences to the role

Qualifications, skills & experience:

• ERACA (Level 3), or equivalent coaching award and hold a current RFU DBS check.
• Experience as a coach mentor, coach educator or coach developer in sport or higher education.
• Excellent knowledge of the England Rugby Development Framework, and extremely knowledgeable about the structure and operation of Rugby Union in England.
• You will be expected to have shown significant commitment to personal and professional development (Evidence of this commitment is highly desirable). 
• Able to converse with the players, parents and coaches to assist players with self-reflection and setting of appropriate development goals.
• Knowledge of physical and psychological development of young people and can work with specialists to develop appropriate development plans for maturing players. 
• Committed to actively contributing and building an inclusive BACK culture in your role and day to day behaviours.
• Will be a good team player, able to develop effective working relationships with peers internally and a wide number of external agencies, generating support and co-operation with the volunteer network. 

• An excellent reputation as a highly respected and knowledgeable coach, leader and administrator. Will command the respect of regional pathway coaches. 
• Adapts quickly and with enthusiasm to changes and adapts work effort appropriately.
• Challenges appropriately, and in a positive manner, behaviour that does not support an open and honest team working approach. 
• Ability to look ahead to develop and maintain clear outcome-based plans for achieving objectives.  This involves reviewing progress, learning from experience and implementing continuous improvement solutions.
• Ability to self-generate and maintain high levels of motivation; display initiative, tenacity and resilience and to work independently as well as part of a team.

Additional Information:
• All role holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality.  Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence
• The role description, person specification, job level and job title may be subject to change at the discretion of the RFU and under business developments. Any changes will be communicated to the role holder as appropriate
• If you are a trans candidate applying for a job that requires a DBS check, please reach out to or directly to our safeguarding team ( to use the confidential sensitive application route. This will provide applicants with the choice not to have any gender or name information disclosed on their DBS certificate.

This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check