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Inner London Player Development Officer – Harlequins


Start Date

Job Description

Harlequins are the current Aviva Premiership champions and rank among the best rugby clubs in England and in Europe.

Success on the pitch demands even more success off the pitch so the club is strengthening its Community staff.

The club wishes to appoint an Inner London Player Development Officer whose responsibilities it will be to provide the opportunity for inner London state school pupils to participate and excel in rugby union and provide a clear pathway for talented players to access the Harlequins academy programme.

Key accountabilities:

  • Delivery of all rugby at Ernest Bevin College, including Key Stage 3 games lessons, all extracurricular coaching and a comprehensive fixture list for all rugby sides at the school
  • To deliver regular competition for the inner London state schools to drive participation and aid talent identification
  • Delivery of the Satellite Inner London School of Rugby programme, including coach recruitment, session planning, facility hire, communicating with players and identification of the most talented players
  • Removal of social and economic barriers to enable players' development. Enhance leadership skills for all students attending the programme.
  • Regular communication with academy coach and assistant academy coach regarding talented players and their development
  • Liaise with Associate Clubs to facilitate their involvement in Community schemes. Also create formal links with local rugby clubs to ensure there are exit routes for all students at the appropriate standard
  • Mentoring of talented players, providing necessary support to aid their development. Provide a participation programme to create player pathways at all levels
  • Working with other departments at Harlequins to add value and raise awareness of the programme (Press and Sponsorship)
  • Work alongside other Community Team staff to develop the overall department objectives
  • Compilation of weekly activity updates, internal communication updates and once-a-term detailed reports against measured targets
  • Improve teacher education to sustain long-term delivery

Skills and knowledge:

  • RFU Level 2 coaching award
  • Experience of working in disadvantaged areas of London and with disadvantaged children
  • Able to find innovative solutions to problems and is able to think on their feet
  • Passionate about rugby and rugby coaching
  • Develop strong relationships with local teachers to aid competition and talent identification
  • Be able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Present a highly professional image when representing the club
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Sufficient flexibility and willingness to take on roles outside normal functional responsibility when required
  • Stamina and flexibility to cope with unsociable hours 
  • Hold a current driving license and have a car available for work
  • Good I.T. skills and be competent in the use of Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Understanding of best practice safeguarding and child protection


  • Highly organised
  • High self-motivation
  • Tenacious
  • Real "can do" attitude
  • A strong team player and collaborative working style


  • Customer focus – commits to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind; values importance of providing high-quality customer service
  • Interpersonal sensitivity – interacts with others in a sensitive and effective way. Respects and works well with others
  • Quality orientation – shows awareness of goals and standards. Follows through to ensure that quality and productivity standards are met
  • Planning and organising – organises and schedules events, activities and resources. Monitors timescales and plans
  • Initiative taking – takes action to achieve goals beyond what is expected; drives to bring issues to a successful closure; self-starter
  • Teamwork – responds and relates well to people in all positions; is seen as a team player, and is cooperative; looks for common ground, and solves problems for the good of all
  • Results orientation – focuses on desired results and sets and achieves challenging goals

Immediate start date.

Please email your CV to

Closing date is Monday, February 18.

Harlequins is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Only applicants to be invited for interview will be contacted. Interviews will be on Thursday, February 21 or Friday, February 22.

No CVs from agencies please.

Application Deadline

18 February 2013

Closing Date

18 February 2013