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Rugby Growth Development Manager


c. £40,000 with company car

Start Date

Job Description

Following a restructure within the Rugby Development team, we now have a full time permanent vacancy for a Rugby Growth Development Manager within the Rugby Growth department. The Rugby Growth Development Manager will manage the operational delivery of various RFU strategies to promote growth in rugby. Specific focus will be on leading the delivery of an overarching strategy to promote the women’s game and to grow rugby in areas of the country where rugby is no longer or not traditionally played. The role is field based with extensive travel.

Supporting the Head of Rugby Growth, the role holder will be responsible for delivering activity on the ground to drive growth and participation in rugby through local stakeholders, sports partnerships and other strategic delivery partners. The role undertaken will focus strongly on unlocking opportunities to accelerate participation in all aspects of the game and the funding to support it at a local level. The role is ideally suited to a current sports development professional looking to take their career to the next level.

Key responsibilities will include:

Leading the operational delivery of new strategies concentrated on increasing participation in rugby, focused on but not limited to the development of women’s rugby and activity to promote rugby inclusion.

Assisting the development of marketing and promotional plans to support approved strategies in conjunction with other managers within the team.

Development and project management of innovative delivery and activation solutions to support approved growth strategies:

  • Identification of key delivery partnerships
  • Identification of new funding streams to support activity
  • Close collaboration with key delivery partners to drive participation in communities

Liaising with a cross departmental group of stakeholders to ensure alignment to core RFU business objectives.

Supporting the use of research and demographic data to support participation, and the development and implementation of operational plans for growth activity including a framework for measuring and evaluating impact throughout the Development department.

Supporting financial planning/business modeling to assist the development of a four-year business plan for all key growth activity.

Supporting the Head of Rugby Growth in identifying potential funding streams to support the programmes through local authorities, CSPs and other industry sectors.

To succeed in this role, you must demonstrate a track record in delivering innovative sports development solutions and influencing multiple stakeholders to achieve successful sports development initiatives. You will also have excellent project management skills to drive the delivery of sports development activity amongst a diverse range of partners and stakeholders and experience of leading and supporting cross functional teams/roles to ensure solutions are consistent and integrated.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree standard and have significant experience in sports development.

You will be highly self-motivated and able to work under your own direction to achieve stated objectives within the necessary timescales and demonstrate a determination to follow tasks or projects through to completion. You must also demonstrate an innovative approach to work, strong organisational skills and an ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders.

To apply, please send your CV & covering letter to Hannah Binns, Human Resources Partner, Rugby Football Union, Rugby House, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA or e-mail it to  The RFU operates a policy of equal opportunity. To help us monitor this, please complete our monitoring form and attach it with your application. The form can be downloaded from the Careers and Vacancies section of our website The information you provide will only be used for monitoring purposes.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5pm.

Application Deadline

22 January 2013

Closing Date

22 January 2013


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