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Club Developer

England Rugby

The England national rugby union team represents England in men's international rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

25 Oct 2022
Full Time
Closing date
4 Dec 2022

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

Person Specification

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


  • 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 [email protected] or directly to our safeguarding team ([email protected]) 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

How to Apply

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Governing Body Role
Rugby Union

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