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School Rugby Officer

Scottish Rugby

Scottish Rugby is the governing body for rugby union in Scotland and we administer Scotland's international rugby teams, and Scotland's two professional clubs, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors.

22 Sep 2022
Full Time
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

Job Purpose

To develop and deliver programmes within the region that will drive participation, sustainability and quality in state school rugby. To deliver and manage school mid-week play programmes and support successful school to club and Higher Education/Further Education (HE/FE) player transition links.

Key Accountabilities

  • Rugby Participation across Schools and Clubs
  • Develop and implement a rugby participation strategy within state schools for the region that attracts, retains and develops players, coaches, volunteers
  • Ensure collaboration and strong relations between schools and clubs
  • Develop transition programmes between school, club and university rugby
  • Work with schools to promote SCRUMS to increase player registration
  • Record participation data across schools and clubs to identify key focus areas for retention and growth.

Player Development

  • Assist in the delivery of school participation programme.
  • Assist in establishing successful and thriving rugby programmes that are tailored to the individual school or club participant needs
  • Support the development of school and club competitions/festivals that will provide safe and enjoyable rugby experiences
  • Alongside the regional team, review and evaluate the success of the programmes and implement change when required
  • Recruit and support the education of teachers and senior pupils within the school sector.

Coach Development

  • Work closely with the regional team, Development Officer network and Active Schools to promote and support opportunities for schoolteachers in their coaching pathway
  • Promote training courses and governance procedures such as RugbyRight, PVG processes, SCRUMS registration, Age Grade Law Variations, Coaching and MO courses, and Game Development CPD workshops.

Strategic Alignment

  • Be embedded within the regional development team, contribute to strategy development and delivery and deliver to strategic objectives and SMART KPIs set by the regional team
  • Have awareness of all aspects of Scottish Rugby strategies and priorities
  • Complete monthly reports on achievements, challenges and risks aligned to the regional strategies.


  • Become a trusted and credible individual in the region by communicating regularly and transparently with all stakeholders on a regular basis
  • Continually check progress and adapt change where appropriate
  • Attend monthly School Rugby Officer team meetings and regional meetings to review and disseminate information and share best practice.

Person Specification

Key competencies and behaviours required:

  • Organisation skills: able to plan personal workload and organise multiple deadlines, time management is a must
  • Effective communication: able to communicate confidently and effectively in a variety of mediums, including presenting at all levels
  • Facilitating Change: building and maintaining positive relationships while implementing and consolidating change
  • Collaborative working: able to work as part of a team and understand how your role contributes to the bigger picture
  • Stakeholder management: able to engage and build strong relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to drive collective consciousness and influence when required
  • Personal accountability: able to use your own initiative and use judgement in managing situations and making decisions
  • Decision making able to decide on the best course of action, able to seek solutions and take into consideration the wider context of the situation
  • Leadership: leading and managing others to achieve strategic goals, including the ability to
  • motivate and drive yourself and others

Key experience and knowledge required:

  • Established rugby or sports development experience
  • Good understanding, experience and delivery of rugby development programmes within schools, clubs or educational institutions
  • Experience in implementing strategy with a track record of being self-driven in achieving
  • objectives and SMART goals
  • Experience of working on collaborative projects
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office

Key qualifications or attainments required:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience in sport development
  • Understanding the importance of coaching and coach education is important in the effective delivery of this role. Successful candidates should have an Aspiring Coaching Programme qualification, or equivalent in rugby coaching (or be committed towards obtaining the qualification).

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to work flexible hours, due to working in sport this will include some evening and weekend working
  • Driving licence

How to Apply

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Rugby Union
Salary information
from £28,000

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