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Rugby Football Union - Club Developer (South West)

Hours of WorkFull Time - Permanent
Salary & Benefits£28,000 - £33,000
Closing Date15 Aug

Job Description

About England Rugby

England Rugby or Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for rugby in England. We deliver three core activities, and our purpose is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union and develop the sport for future generations.  Our core activities are:

• Rugby – supporting rugby from grassroots to performance level
• Commercial – building partnerships and hosting matches and events
• Running the business - ensuring our organization and people can thrive

Our culture

At England Rugby, one of our core objectives is to drive rugby union to better reflect the diversity of society. We are aware that rugby, and sports in general, has not always been as welcoming an environment for everyone as we would like, and we are working hard to make rugby a more inclusive space for all identities.

We believe hiring people from underrepresented groups into positions at all levels is vital to creating spaces and initiatives that better support those identities. We would love to see applications from disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, people from ethnically diverse communities, people of faith, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and women and non-binary people.

We know that representation is more than just getting people through the door, it's about keeping people by responding to structural barriers relating to identities and valuing the insights that different lived experiences bring. We have network groups that provide peer-to-peer support and drive forward change internally. We support colleagues to develop, and each colleague has access to a personal coaching platform that can provide same-day one-to-one coaching. We are pushing ourselves to create a more inclusive culture every day through role modelling our BACK behaviours which stand for Brave, Accountable, Collaborative and Keep improving. 

We know that flexible working is important to our colleagues, so our guiding principles are designed to support everyone to work in the way that suits them, their teams, and the organization in the best way.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential. If there is anything we could do to support you through your application or to provide the best environment for your interviews, including assistance or adjustment, please reach out to

Role overview

Job Title : Club Developer    
Department : Clubs & Communities
Reports to : Club & Volunteer Support Manager
Salary Banding : £28,000 - £33,000
Job Level : Implement
Location : South West – Devon/Dorset/Somerset
Duration : Permanent

Nature and scope:

The focus of the role holder will be on supporting rugby clubs to operate sustainably and to be fit for the future. Through the provision of high quality personal, group and virtual support you will build strong relationships with a network of clubs and facilitate opportunities for those clubs to create effective club management structures, diversify and grow revenues, grow and develop the volunteer base and enhance their facilities. Drawing on expert advice from across the game (including other clubs) and from specialist teams within the RFU and external organisations they will facilitate access to support for clubs and volunteers. They will have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, championing the RFU commitment to increasing participation in all aspects of our sport and bringing more diversity to rugby union. 

• Provide first (via the club support centre) and second (via personal contact) line support on a range of rugby related issues to a group of clubs 
• Connect clubs seeking to develop and/or those experiencing specific challenge with other clubs who have strengths/experiences in those areas and support these partnerships to cement and operate 
• Utilise the specialist support available across the RFU to support clubs using technology and virtual connectivity 
• Support clubs in improving management and volunteer structures with a particular focus on improving diversity among club leaders and managers 
• Assist clubs in considering revenue diversification and facility improvement opportunities, signposting and connecting them with relevant experience and expertise 
• Support clubs in developing creative solutions to increase and diversify their playing membership, particularly amongst 14-18 year olds (male and female) 
• Assist targeted clubs in ensuring they have recruitment and succession plans in place for coaches, match officials & medics with a particular focus on increasing diversity 
• Develop local clusters, bringing groups of clubs together to share knowledge and facilitate the development of creative solutions to common challenges or potential opportunities 
• Facilitate opportunities for clubs to build relationships with educational establishments, community organisations, local authorities and Active Partnerships to build membership and diversify revenue 
• Promote RFU assets, particularly AGPs and promote usage with other sports and community organisations 
• Actively collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the development and delivery of the current strategic, business and operational plans
• 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:

• Experience of working in sports development or an associated and relevant field 
• Strong facilitation skills and able to adapt communication style to suit different audiences 
• Proactive, flexible customer orientated approach 
• Excellent relationship building skills, preferably with experience of bringing groups of volunteers together to work collectively 
• Ability to develop and maintain partnerships internally and externally with the ability to influence upwards and with peers 
• A strong empathy with those becoming involved in Rugby for the first time or taking on a new role 
• An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion in sport and the barriers to inclusion 
• Ability to analyse problems and create solutions 
• Proven time management and prioritisation skills 
• Stamina, perseverance and flexibility to cope with unsociable hours including evening & weekend working 
• Committed to actively contributing to and building an inclusive BACK culture in your role and day to day behaviours.

• Mentoring qualification and/or sports development qualification 
• Practical understanding of the local sporting landscape in England, with knowledge of funding and revenue generation opportunities for community organisations 

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 require an enhanced DBS check

What we can offer you

We are proud of the range of benefits we can provide:

• Retail discounts include 30% off Adidas, 20% off Optimum Nutrition, 25% off 02 and many more.
• Priority access to purchase match tickets
• 25% discount in Rugby Store and
• 25 days of annual leave and your birthday day off
• Free dental care and free access to the stadium gym
• Life assurance of 4x your basic salary, income protection scheme and Employee Assistance Programme that offers anonymous and confidential, emotional and practical support 24/7.
• After 3 months, you will be enrolled in our Aviva pension scheme and we will match and double your contribution up to 10%
• Ride-to-work scheme, eyecare vouchers and season ticket loans

About our team

At England Rugby, we want to hear our employees' thoughts, ideas and feedback on our strategies, new initiatives and our work environment. That's why we have quarterly meetings called 'the Voice' where various topics are discussed, in addition to regular surveys, including our annual D&I survey. 

We are always striving to create the best environment for our colleagues, and we are proud to present some of our most recent feedback from Feb 2022:

• 85% feel motivated to perform their role to the best of their ability
• 83% feel supported by their Manager
• 90% agree or strongly agree that their Manager empowers and trusts them to deliver while working from home
• 83% feel informed and connected with the organisation

If you would like to find out more about our diversity and inclusion work or the culture at England Rugby, please visit our website here: 

Closing Date11:59 PM 15 Aug 2022