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Girls PDG Lead Coach

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.

9 May 2024
Contract - Fixed Term
Closing date
22 May 2024

Working at the RFU means being part of the ‘bigger picture’ at England Rugby: to be rooted in our purpose, which is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union & develop the sport for future generations. If our purpose resonates with you, and you recognise the value that sport can bring to people’s lives, we’d love to work with you. An opportunity has arisen for an S&C Coach to work with Girls Player Development Group within the Performance (Pathway) team as a sessional contractor.

Job Title : Girls PDG Lead Coach (x9 Areas)
Department : Performance Rugby
Reports to : Girls Player Development Group Lead
Remuneration : Contractor (50 days per year, £7000)
Engagement Type : Contractor Role
Location : 9 Locations (one role per area)

  1. Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria
  2. Yorkshire
  3. Staffordshire, Lancashire, Cheshire
  4. North Midlands, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire
  5. Leicestershire, Notts/Lincs/Derbys, East Midlands
  6. Middlesex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Eastern Counties
  7. Kent, Sussex, Surrey
  8. Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Dorset & Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire
  9. Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

Nature and Scope:

The introduction of the girls Player Develop Group (PDG) U18 development phase centres is an exciting time for the girls’ performance pathway. We are looking for 9 PDG Lead Coaches, who will each oversee the planning and delivery of sessions and ensure the centre runs in line with the agreed aims of England Rugby.

Please note there are due to be 23 sessions with PDG Development Group, which could involve certain sessions taking place in school holidays, evenings, and weekends. Session length will vary but we would expect them to last up to 4 hours.

This role will suit someone who is passionate about the growth of women’s rugby and developing players for the future.

What will you be doing?

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Plan and lead all Rugby sessions at the PDG Development Phase Group and work with other staff members to ensure all sessions are delivered to the desired standard.
  • Delivering sessions that focus on the core skill fundamentals of the game.
  • Work with individuals to enhance their technical and tactical knowledge.
  • Ensure athletic performance development is embedded as part of session delivery.
  • Ensure all administrative work, and reporting to RFU is complete.
  • Be a point of contact for parents, player and PDG Foundation Phase Leads.
  • Work with players to develop individual development plans.
  • Support local PDG Foundation coaches and have regular communication about future players.
  • Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU, including the promotion of the RFU core values and culture.

Your approach to Life (your behaviours):

  • You're able to work collaboratively.
  • You are process driven and able to work well under pressure.
  • You're able to inspire confidence and create trust.
  • You possess sound judgement and the ability to think creatively to reach desired goals.

What you Know:


  • England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award (ERACA) or equivalent.
  • Current driving license.
  • Current DBS.
  • Experience working within a talent development programme, ideally within the women and girls’ game.
  • Good understanding of talent development and the age-grade girls’ game within England.
  • Effective communication skills with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Committed to driving forward inclusion in your role and day-to-day behaviours.


  • England Rugby mentoring qualification or similar.
  • Strong organizational skills with a methodical approach with attention to detail.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please click ‘Apply Now’ to begin the online application

Applications close on 22nd May 2024

Additional Information

Contract - Fixed Term
Job Type
Rugby Union

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