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Girls PDG Therapist

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.

13 May 2024
Part Time
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.

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 a therapist (chartered physiotherapist, graduate sports rehabilitator, or graduate sports therapist) for each of the 9 centres. Their role will be to provide medical care (pre-session medical assessment, fitness to train assessment and strapping, pitch side cover during rugby training sessions, immediate management of acute injuries and review of ongoing injuries, post-session handover) during both training sessions and matches and to support player development and player education on the prevention and management of injuries.

Please note that there are due to be 23 sessions with each 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. There will be the opportunity to shadow the England Women’s Pathway Medical team to support ongoing practitioner development, as well as access to a virtual CPD provided centrally by the RFU.

What will you be doing?

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Perform a medical check-in for all players at the beginning of sessions to ensure that they are fit to train/compete and ensure other staff members are aware of any injuries and any required training modifications.
  • Provide pre- and post-session treatment and strapping as required.
  • Provide pitch side medical care for all pitch-based rugby sessions and fixtures, including maintaining medical equipment and ensuring that it is pitch side during all sessions.
  • Review ongoing injuries to assess rehabilitation progress.
  • Ensure that all players have a valid SCAT6 baseline before the first match of the PDG programme.
  • Ensure contemporaneous medical notes are entered onto the electronic medical record system (Intelligence Platform: Performance Medicine) within 24 hours of any medical consultations and that player training status is kept up to date.
  • Communicate any injuries back to the player’s parents/guardians and to their club, school, or college.
  • Deliver centrally developed workshops on medically related rugby topics during the 23 scheduled training sessions.
  • 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:


  • Experience providing pitch side medical care within rugby union or rugby league.
  • Qualification as a Chartered Physiotherapist or a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator or a Graduate Sports Therapist.
  • Registration with the HCPC for Physiotherapists or with the appropriate professional body for other therapists.
  • Professional indemnity to cover pitch side care in Rugby Union (note: if practitioners are providing ongoing care for injuries other than just immediate pitch side care, they must ensure that this is covered by their professional indemnity).
  • In-date Level 2 (or Level 3) PHICIS qualification or equivalent pre-hospital immediate care qualification.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including IT skills.


  • Experience working within Age Grade Girls’ rugby.
  • Experience working within a talent development environment.
  • Experience of managing musculoskeletal conditions, including diagnosis, acute care and rehabilitation.
  • Experience of self-directed work.

Additional Information:

  • The post holders must demonstrate on-going immunity (or in the case of non-responders, freedom from infection) to hepatitis B and must produce evidence of such. Compliance will be based on: blood test result demonstrating an anti HBs level of > 100 international units per ml and full details of vaccination history with recent dated evidence of freedom from hepatitis B infection.
  • 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 Centre Therapist (x9 Areas)
Department : Performance Rugby
Reports to : Girls Player Development Group Lead
Remuneration : Sessional role (£200 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

Part Time
Job Type
Performance Lifestyle & Player Support
Rugby Union

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