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University of Portsmouth Rugby Football Club – Assistant Coaches


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Job Description

The University of Portsmouth Rugby Club is one of the biggest University Rugby clubs in the South of England. The club puts out six teams on a Wednesday afternoon, including a women's team, across a range of competitions, including the British Universities and colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and the RFU South East Merit Table competition. In addition the club plays in the Hampshire County Cup and plays a number of friendly fixtures through the season.

The club's main training session is on a Monday night between 6.30pm and 8.30pm (coaches meeting at 6pm) at Portsmouth Rugby Football Club when all six teams train, with over a hundred players present at most sessions. The club season runs from late September to the end of March, with a two week pre-season prior to the start of term for returning players.

The club had a successful season in 2012/13 with two teams winning their leagues and the club winning the BUCS South East Conference Cup. The aspiration for the upcoming season is to maintain this level of success whilst maintaining the six teams.

To sustain this success and growth we are looking for coaches to join our coaching team and contribute to the development of the club’s teams. Working with the university club would be a good first step for coaches who are looking to eventually move into coaching adult club teams.

We are currently in the process of recruiting a new Head Coach and Coaching Manager to replace Tom Drewett, who is moving on to a new role as a school Director of Sport. Tom is a Level 3 coach and has significant experience of coaching high level rugby, as well as being a former professional player in South Africa’s Currie Cup and we are looking to replace him with a coach of similar pedigree.

Our coaching is supported by Nick Parker, the RFU Community Rugby Coach for South East Hampshire, who is a RFU Level 3 coach and a RFU Trainer. A significant part of his role with the club is to support the development of coaches with the club to ensure a high level of coaching for all teams.

We are able to offer a range of coaching opportunities suitable for both new coaches and experienced coaches. In particular we are keen to recruit coaches who specialise in back play or scrummaging/line-outs to work with the first and second team squad. For the right people we may also be able to pay limited expenses.

We are a friendly and inclusive club that strives to provide suitable playing opportunities for all and help make students’ time at university a memorable one.

Whilst ensuring the teams and the club as a whole maintain a good level of results, the over-arching aim for our coaching team is the retention of players in the club through high quality and enjoyable training sessions and by contributing to maintaining an inclusive and friendly environment in which all members feel welcome. Coaches joining our team should be able to cater for the needs of all players in the club, ranging from beginners (often including overseas students trying rugby for the first time) to players who have played a good level of rugby.

Monday: 6-9pm (training) – three hours
In addition, if you are able to attend some Wednesday matches to support the teams during their games that would be appreciated but not expected.

Responsible for:

  • Supporting the planning of training sessions with the head coach, other assistant coaches, club captain and team captains to cater for all members of the club. All sessions must maximise the involvement of all players whilst developing individual players and each team
  • Delivery of Monday night training
  • Offer feedback where relevant on the running of the playing side of the club to ensure all members are treated equally and fairly
  • Act as a mentor to captains to help develop their performance in their roles
  • Provide constructive feedback to players on training sessions
  • Ensure injured players have an active role within training sessions

Qualifications and experience

  • Ideally will hold a RFU/UKCC Coaching Qualification or a recognised equivalent or can demonstrate relevant coaching experience
  • Agree to adhere to the playing and coaching philosophy laid out by the head coach that is in accordance with the objectives of the club
  • Self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic about coaching rugby union
  • Experience of coaching young adults
  • Able to deliver coaching which is in line with the requirements laid out in the annual club training programme and club sessions plans as designed by the head coach, which will cater for the needs of over 100 players at training sessions
  • Strongly biased towards a player-centred approach to coaching
  • Contribute to an environment that balances player development with team performance
  • Able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes relative to the club needs
  • Set high standards of personal accountability, reliability and responsibility for the players and staff
  • Able to work effectively with other members of the coaching team and the club’s committee
  • Committed to promoting and acting in accordance with the RFU’s Core Values for the game

Expressions of interest should be sent to Nicholas Parker via, detailing your prior experience and qualifications and what you would like to gain from being part of the University of Portsmouth RFC’s coaching team.

For any questions, please contact Nick at the above email address or on 07843 343518 or Tom Drewett, the outgoing Head Coach, on 07878 722123. 

Informal discussions will be held with all interested coaches on receipt of their expressions of interest and if required, possibly informal interviews with the incoming Head Coach, Nick Parker and the club senior committee to ensure the club’s needs and your requirements from your involvement are complementary. 

Application Deadline

02 August 2013

Closing Date

02 August 2013