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Rugby Football Union - Coach Developer (London & South East)

LocationHome Based (London & South East)
Hours of WorkFull time
Salary & Benefits£23-28k
Closing Date17 Aug

Job Description

Coach Developer (London & South East) - (2200002Y)


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 : Coach Developer        
Department : Game Development
Reports to :     Area Training Manager
Salary Banding : £23-28k
Job Level : Implement
Location : Home Based (London & South East)
Duration : Permanent

Nature and scope:

Everyone involved in rugby union in England is in a fortunate position to inspire positive change in the game and contribute to a better way of life. As a National Governing Body, the RFU has a responsibility to set a high standard for inclusion, fairness and equality of opportunity. This role supports the plan to create a community of talented coaches across the game at all levels, the role holder will provide 1:1 and small group support for coaches in their own club, school, college or university. They will deliver coach education and development courses and manage communities of practice for coaches, playing a key role in improving the diversity of all facets of the game and creating an inclusive environment for all.

• Work under the direction of the Area Training Manager to mentor coaches remotely and in their own coaching environment, including coaches operating in the talent pathway and those completing the England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award. 
• Provide initial coach education through the delivery of the England Rugby Coaching Award. 
• Provide ongoing coach development through the delivery of an agreed local programme of Continuous Coach Development courses. 
• Lead online communities of practice for coaches. 
• Improve inclusivity, opportunities, reduce discrimination and increase the numbers of rugby union coaches amongst women & girls, ethnically diverse communities, low socio-economic groups, young people and LGBT communities. 
• Work with the Coach Development team to develop high-quality training content. 
• Actively keep up to date with changes in the industry and develop subject matter knowledge through participating in relevant training, networks and other such forums. 
• Produce succinct, relevant & agreed reports on progress against all key objectives in the job holder's area of responsibility. 
• Maintain high professional standards and ensure these are promoted in the community 
• Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU at all times, including the promotion of the RFU Core Values 
• 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 RFU 

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:

• Current Driving Licence with no more than six points. 
• A qualified sports coach/coach developer or is able to demonstrate they have the potential to achieve the England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award. 
• Holds a mentoring qualification or is able to demonstrate they have the potential to achieve a mentoring qualification. 
• Be IT literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office Applications and online learning platforms 
• Assess, self-reflect and develop own practice 
• Mentor coaches 
• Conduct coach assessments 
• Communicate effectively with individuals and groups 

• Accelerate the learning of coaches 
• Adopt a learner-centred approach to facilitation 
• Select and use a range of delivery styles and methods to optimise learning 
• Set, lead and review micro-coach sessions 
• Plan and evaluate coach development sessions to optimise learning 
• Facilitate communities of practice 
• Be prepared to take on roles outside their normal functional responsibility when required 

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 17 Aug 2022
Interview DateTBC