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Girls PDG S&C 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.

8 May 2024
Zero Hours
Closing date
22 May 2024

Nature and Scope:

The introduction of the girls Player Development Group (PDG) U18 development phase centres is an exciting time for the girls’ performance pathway. We are seeking an S&C practitioner for each of our 9 centres. The role will be to provide on the ground S&C delivery aligned to a centralised framework focussing on the athletic performance fundamentals of high potential athletes.

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:

  • Deliver all activity aligned to both the England Rugby Talent Development Framework and Women’s Rugby Athletic Development Framework
  • Delivery of education that is aligned to the RFU PDG S&C curriculum.
  • Lead on planning, delivery, and review of all PDG Development Phase strength and conditioning sessions, including both gym and pitch-based sessions.
  • Support individual development programmes for all registered PDG Development Phase players, providing the player with regular feedback on progress and development objectives where linked to physical goals.
  • Undertake routine fitness testing with all registered players to assess progress and inform individual development plans, as agreed under the PDG S&C curriculum.
  • Reporting of testing scores and individual player development as directed by the RFU.
  • Prioritise individual development, ensuring activity is appropriate to age, stage, and competency in order to optimise long term athlete development.
  • Provide wider education in session times to players, their support networks and the rugby community regarding physical development and best practice.
  • Deliver nutritional guidance as directed by the PDG S&C curriculum and act as a point of contact for advice and information when in session.
  • Work alongside and provide feedback to the England U18 S&C coach and Physiotherapist on progress, development and RTP as required.
  • 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:


  • Undergraduate level degree in Strength & Conditioning, Sport & Exercise Science, or a similar field.
  • 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.
  • Current driving license.
  • Current DBS.


  • UKSCA Accreditation (or evidence of working toward).
  • Strong organizational skills with a methodical approach with attention to detail.

Additional Information:

  • 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 [email protected].
  • During your application, we will ask questions about your identity. This information is considered highly confidential and will not be seen by hiring managers. You can find out more about why we ask these questions here.
  • 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 a DBS check.

To download the full job description for this role, please click here.

Job Title : Girls PDG S&C Coach (x9 Areas)
Department : Performance Rugby
Reports to : Girls Player Development Group Lead
Remuneration : Sessional role (£100 per session)
Engagement Type : Contractor Role
Location : 9 Locations (one role per area)

  • Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria
  • Yorkshire
  • Staffordshire, Lancashire, Cheshire
  • North Midlands, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire
  • Leicestershire, Notts/Lincs/Derbys, East Midlands
  • Middlesex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Eastern Counties
  • Kent, Sussex, Surrey
  • Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Dorset & Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire
  • Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

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

Zero Hours
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
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