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Fylde RFC - Rugby Development and Community Coach


Commensurate with experience

Start Date

Job Description

Fylde RFC is looking for an experienced and inspiring coach to lead in two areas vital to the sustainability of the club and rugby in general.

You will lead Rugby Development within the club with particular focus on juniors, colts and young adults and strengthen capacity and performance through the delivery of high-quality coaching with targeted groups of players and through the provision of mentoring/support to existing and potential voluntary club coaches and referees.

You will manage and develop the club’s established Community Rugby Programme, which aims to increase the number of players, develop coaching standards and promote the club and the game in the local area by undertaking targeted coaching in schools, colleges, universities and other community settings, introducing all variants of the game to new players and supporting their transition into club rugby.


  • Plan and implement rugby development programmes within the club and in the local community
  • Deliver high-quality coaching to groups and individuals, and in environments, as directed by the Chairman of Rugby
  • Support the transition of young club players to senior rugby through development and delivery of specialist clinics/coaching
  • Act as Club Coaching Coordinator (CCC) and work with the club’s current volunteer CCC and CrefC to mentor and support the development of existing coaches and referees and the identification/training of new coaches and referees
  • Support teachers, lecturers and other adults in schools, colleges and universities to introduce the game to students and to improve the quality of provision
  • Support the transition of young people from the education environment to the club environment through development and delivery of creative initiatives
  • Promote the club through events (organising and running courses, festivals and tournaments)
  • Develop the Community Programme into new areas and seek related funding and sponsorship.
  • Report to the club’s Rugby Committee and liaise with the RFU and Lancashire CRFU at local level

Key accountabilities:

  • Growth in numbers playing rugby and transitioning into the club and/or those who are regularly playing rugby in other environments
  • Growth in numbers of qualified active coaches and referees throughout the club
  • Improving the quality of experience for existing players and coaches
  • Maintaining high professional standards and the promotion of these standards within the club and in the community
  • Reporting activity and output as required

Person specification

Qualifications required:

  • Educated to a minimum of GCSE standard or equivalent and preferably with at least five GCSEs at grade C or above
  • RFU coaching qualification UKCC Rugby Union Level 2 or equivalent
  • National Foundation Referees Certificate Part 1 or Entry Level Referee Award Phase 1 preferable
  • Recognised First Aid qualification (St John’s / Red Cross / First Aid at Work) and if not a commitment to complete within 6 months of commencement of employment
  • Current RFU Enhanced CRB disclosure – or the need to secure this prior to starting employment
  • Current driving license

Experienced required:

  • Experience of coaching rugby union to young people and adults in a range of environments and varying skill levels, in line with the RFU Coach Development model
  • Experience of supporting and mentoring other coaches
  • Experience of income generation and grant funding


  • A sound knowledge and understanding of the game and its operation
  • Strong understanding of club rugby

Skills and personal attributes:

  • Able to communicate effectively and to present a highly professional image when representing the club
  • Able to establish positive working relationships with voluntary and professional staff in the club, schools, colleges and universities
  • Able to balance a determined application of the role with a sense of fun and enjoyment
  • Demonstrate a thorough approach to delivery and be able to organise themselves and others effectively
  • A strong empathy with those becoming involved in rugby for the first time
  • A self-starter with proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • An effective team member with sufficient flexibility and willingness to take on roles outside his/her normal functional responsibility when required
  • Have the stamina, perseverance and flexibility to cope with unsociable hours
  • Committed and able to work regular weekend and evening hours to meet the needs of the club, schools, colleges and universities
  • Hold a current driving license and have a car available for work
  • Good IT skills and be competent in the use of email and Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel and PowerPoint

The role description, person specification and role title may be subject to change at the discretion of Fylde RFC and in accordance with business developments. Any changes will be communicated to the role-holder as appropriate.

The position will be based at The Woodlands Memorial Ground, Blackpool Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, FY8 4EL. Hours will need to be flexible, including regular evenings and weekends, typically around 40 per week.

Please send your CV to Dave Young, Chairman of Rugby, by emailing detailing Rugby Development and Community Coach in the header.

Application Deadline

27 September 2013

Closing Date

27 September 2013