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Rugby Development Manager - Royal Navy Rugby Union


Circa £25,000

Start Date

Job Description

The RNRU seeks to appoint a Rugby Development Manager (RDM) to support the Director of Community Rugby in meeting his objectives.

The RNRU, as well as being a part of the Royal Navy, is a Constituent Body (CB) of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and a registered charity. It is, therefore, charged with the management, administration, and development of the game of rugby union within the RN, in accordance with Service regulations and traditions, as well as in compliance with the requirements of the RFU and the regulatory framework for charities.

Our vision is: to be fun, relevant and successful, inspiring players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators to enjoy rugby at all levels from mess deck to international, wherever the RN goes, reflecting all that is best in the Service.

RNRU Strategy

The strategy of the RNRU is founded in the recognition and identification of our many, and varied, stakeholders including (but not limited to): The Naval Service; The Charity Commission; Member Clubs; The RFU; and Sponsors. The RNRU’s Executive Committee has been re-structured to better deliver this strategy and to provide a broader effort on behalf of those stakeholders. In particular, this will involve a gradual shift of emphasis away from a focus on representative rugby (whilst seeking to maintain our hard-earned reputation for success), with greater investment in developing grassroots rugby and promoting participation and enjoyment of rugby across the Naval Service.

RNRU Rugby Development Manager

As part of our drive to develop our Community Rugby area, the full time RDM will build on the popularity of the game throughout the Royal Navy, focusing on the provision of high-quality local development support to all Section 1 & 2 Clubs within the CB. With overall responsibility for helping to strengthen the membership and performance of these clubs the successful candidate will be responsible for building a strong and effective relationship with club volunteers. Developing strong external relationships, you will use these to support the growth and development of the clubs, improving the quality of experience for existing players and members whilst developing and implementing local strategies to grow the game. You will have a particular focus on supporting clubs to sustain players during the 16-24 age range, develop regular opportunities for women to play the game and assist clubs to grow their operations in order to enable all variants of the game to be played and to strengthen social membership. You will also work collaboratively with other RFU staff, regionally and nationally, to ensure effective and co-ordinated local delivery of rugby. You will be responsible for the development of rugby within the Royal Navy at locations including Hampshire, Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Scotland.

The role and responsibilities:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of clubs, understanding their strengths and areas for development, and ensure this information is transmitted to the CB Planning & Funding Reporting process
  • Collate, update and maintain an accurate picture of clubs' provisions and needs and feed this into appropriate local, regional and national data capture processes
  • Work with each club to establish and maintain a comprehensive picture of the current playing position (numbers of teams, shortage positions, etc) and develop strategies with the clubs to retain and develop existing players
  • Support clubs in accessing appropriate and regular competitive opportunities for all of their players
  • Support the clubs to develop and maximise relationships with local clubs, colleges and universities to allow and encourage the recruitment of new players
  • Establish relationships with the County Sports Partnerships, utilising their expertise and resources to assist clubs in becoming stronger and in growing the game
  • Assist the clubs in developing and implementing strategies to retain and reward existing volunteers, coaches and referees, to ensure they have a succession plan in place and to support them in recruiting new volunteers, coaches and referees where required

The person:

  • Committed to Navy Rugby, able to work collaboratively with all those involved in Navy Rugby, willing and capable of driving forward the Community Rugby strategy
  • Educated with a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent
  • In possession of a current driving licence
  • Current RFU Qualified Coach Developer (as a minimum)
  • Demonstrate evidence and experience of working in sports development, education or an associated and relevant field. Knowledge of the sporting landscape within the RN is an advantage as is experience of working with/in a sports club, preferably in a rugby environment
  • A good communicator, demonstrating empathy when dealing with people. Highly self-motivated and able to work under his/her own direction to achieve stated objectives within the necessary timescales. Excellent interpersonal and written skills with an ability to lead, motivate and monitor the work of a team of volunteers are essential attributes
  • IT literacy and competency in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Stamina, perseverance and flexibility to cope with unsociable hours including regular evening and occasional weekend work will also be required

Terms and conditions:

35 hours per week, plus additional as required; one month notice entitlement.

Holidays - 30 days paid leave p.a. plus eight public holidays (pro rata).

Successful candidate will receive a car, laptop and mobile phone with fuel allowances.

Assistance with pension plan; other allowances/benefits on request.

The selection process:

Applications should be made, in writing including CV and a covering letter, to Alan Church, Secretary Royal Navy Rugby Union, HMS TEMERAIRE, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2HB. An email copy should also be sent to

Applications will be considered by a panel formed from members of the Executive Committee of the RNRU; interviews will take place during the week commencing January 21, 2013.

It is intended to make the appointment no later than January 25, 2013, to commence as soon as possible thereafter.

For further information, please contact Dusty Miller, Director of Community Rugby, on 07958 045145.

The Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure process applies to this post.

Application Deadline

10 January 2013

Closing Date

10 January 2013