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Area Training Manager

England Rugby

The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England. Its purpose is to encourage rugby, and its values, to flourish across England.

20 Sep 2022
Contract - Fixed Term
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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.

The role holder will lead on the implementation of a regional training plan for coaches, match officials, medics and staff. They will develop and implement a regional plan to recruit, train and deploy a high-quality workforce to deliver match official, coaching, medical and safeguarding training, qualifications and support programmes. This includes the line management and deployment of a team of Coach Developers to deliver a programme of coach development courses and in situ 1:1 and small group mentoring support.

The Area Training Manager plays a key role in improving the diversity of all facets of the game and creating an inclusive environment for all.


  • Work with refereeing organisations, constituent bodies and RFU local delivery teams to design and deliver an accessible, needs led training programme that supports the development and activation of coaches, match officials and medics
  • Manage, develop, and deploy a team of Coach Developers to support the development of identified coaches in their own environments
  • Improve inclusivity, opportunities, reduce discrimination and increase the numbers of rugby union coaches and match officials amongst women & girls, ethnically diverse communities, low socio-economic groups, young people and LGBT communities
  • Identify, train, develop and deploy a high-quality workforce (Senior Rugby Developers, Rugby Developers, Mentors) to deliver training and support programmes to coaches, match officials and medics to meet the needs of the local area
  • Ensure regional training programmes are run in accordance with RFU and Awarding body protocols, including management of budgets, quality assurance procedures and effective deployment of workforce
  • Quality assure and internally verify the delivery of the regional RFU training programme.
  • Design and deliver a high-quality programme of online training, including webinars and eLearning courses
  • 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
  • Actively collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the development and delivery of Rugby & Club Development 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:


  • Committed to driving forward inclusion in your role and day-to-day behaviours
  • Current driving licence
  • Experience in developing and delivering training courses, including training tutors
  • A qualified sports coach/match official or able to demonstrate potential to achieve the England Rugby Advanced Coaching or Match Official Award
  • Demonstrable recent expertise in the design and delivery of face-to-face training, mentoring, quality assurance and assessment
  • Demonstrable expertise in the use of web-based database tools, the design and delivery of online learning, including eLearning and webinar-based learning
  • Experience of line management
  • Practical understanding of the local sporting landscape in England, with demonstrable experience of leading sport development and innovative solution management
  • Ability to build and maintain rapport and work collaboratively with others
  • Open to new ideas and concepts
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work under own direction to achieve stated objectives within the necessary timescales

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

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, eye-care vouchers and season ticket loans

How to Apply

Please click "Apply Now” to begin the online application process.

Full Job description and Person Specification available here.

Additional Information

Contract - Fixed Term
Job Type
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
Governing Body Role
Rugby Union
Salary information
£36,000 - 42,000

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