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Reading Abbey RFC 1st XV Assistant Coach


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Job Description

Reading Abbey RFC, who currently play level 7 rugby in the Southern Counties North league, are seeking a coach to assist with the running of their 1st XV squad.

The club has recently appointed a new Head Coach who is looking to get a team of passionate and dynamic people around him to help develop the playing squad and achieve the goal of creating a team that can sustain level 6 rugby.

Ideally we are looking to recruit a coach who will predominantly work with the forwards and create a set piece that is the best in the league. The successful candidate will also work alongside the Head Coach to develop individual player skills and game understanding.

The successful candidate will be a good motivator who puts the players' needs first. They will be able to work with players to find successful solutions to problems and will have a desire to create an exciting brand of rugby within the team.

Commitments will be a minimum of Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturdays for matches. The successful candidate will also have an active role in team selection and some squad management issues.

This role is a voluntary position, however the club will support their coaches through their coaching development.


  • Work alongside Head Coach to plan and deliver Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions
  • Primary responsibility for developing set piece (scrum and lineout) across all senior teams
  • Assist in selection process alongside Head Coach and 1st XV captain for match-day squads
  • Identify potential 1st XV talent in other club squads and help them to develop
  • Take up a role on Saturday fixtures (exact role will be discussed with successful candidate)
  • Help to develop the “whole club” environment and create a playing culture that provides opportunities for all at every level

Qualifications and attributes:

  • Ideally qualified to level 2 standard although open to a level 1 coach with the right attitude and rugby philosophy or an experienced player/ex player who would like to get into coaching
  • Must have a desire to constantly develop. Willing to take on board feedback and be open to different styles of play and methods of training
  • Must be passionate and able to communicate that through their enthusiasm when training and when motivating players
  • Should have a good knowledge of the set piece and a sound technical knowledge of other areas of the game
  • Flexible when working with groups or individuals and comfortable leading and assisting sessions

If you are interested in this role then please email with your coaching CV (coaching and playing experience) as well as a brief statement on how you think you could contribute to the club.

If you would like to discuss this role further then please contact Russell on 07711 385919.

Application Deadline

16 August 2013

Closing Date

16 August 2013