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Under 16 Honorary Head Coach


Start Date

Job Description

The England Schools’ U16s Delivery Team is seeking to appoint a Head Coach to lead the coaching and planning of the coaching programme for the National U16 squad. The Head coach will be responsible for providing a positive and successful playing environment at national level and opportunities for players to progress from division and CBs to England U16s.

The responsibilities will include; close liaison with the National Academy; establishing a coaching programme for Divisions and for the Divisional weekend; supporting the assessment & selection process; playing & match preparation for the National squad, attending coaches meetings, the end of season review meeting and completing player feedback & profiling forms.

Applicants should demonstrate experience of coaching at divisional representative level; commitment to and engagement with the RFU’s Coaching Development Qualification structure and have an affinity with the game.
The Head Coach should hold a minimum of the RFU Level 3 coaching qualification or its equivalent.

Applications should be sent to Linda Fell, Rugby House, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA, or by email to

Closing date for applications is December 21 2012. Interviews will be held by the end of January 2013.
For further information, and an informal discussion please contact Fred Batchelor, Hons ERFSU Executive Chair

The RFU operates a policy of equal opportunity. To help us monitor this, if applying by CV, please complete our monitoring form and attach it with your application. The form can be downloaded from our website The information you provide will only be used for monitoring purposes.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Ensure the ERFSU & RFU’s objectives for the England Schools U16s are achieved by leading the preparation of the team’s coaching programme to develop the skills and understanding of the players.
  • Lead the coaching and manage the contribution of the coaching staff for all England U16 teams to ensure the players receive the highest quality coaching, development and feedback.
  • Work in conjunction with the National Academy, National U16 Coaches, Team Manager & Chairman of Selectors to facilitate the selection of players from Constituent Bodies and Divisions in an objective manner.
  • Evaluate all coaching sessions and games with the coaching team and players.
  • Provide constructive feedback to players & parents to enable them to continue with their development beyond England.
  • Attend the meetings of the U16s National Delivery Team.
  • Identify highly talented players who have the potential to move into the Elite Player Pathway.
  • Participate in an annual review of performance and commit to a programme of development provided by the RFU.
  • Ensure that the coaching and playing squad present themselves as ambassadors for the ERFSU and RFU and act within accordance of the Core Values of the sport.

Knowledge, skills and qualities:

  • Hold a minimum of a RFU / UKCC Level 3 Coaching Qualification or its recognised equivalent.
  • Demonstrates a track record of personal coach development.
  • Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the programme.
  • Has an understanding of Child Development and current thinking of Talent Identification and Development
  • Self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic about coaching rugby union
  • Has significant experience of coaching 15 and 16 year-old players at club, school, college, CB & Divisional levels.
  • Is strongly biased towards a player-centred approach to coaching
  • Creates an environment that balances player development with team performance in accordance with the objectives of the programme.
  • Is able to lead & manage people.
  • Is able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes relative to the programme.
  • Has a sound understanding of the RFU performance pathway for players.
  • Sets high standards of personal accountability, reliability and responsibility for the players and staff.
  • Is able to work effectively with other members of the U16s Management Team.


  • The post holder is accountable to the National Delivery Team Management and National Manager for the successful delivery of the responsibilities as outlined above.
    The post holder will work closely with relevant RFU professional staff, Chairmen of Selectors and coaches of the RFU’s Constituent Bodies.
    The post-holder will receive appropriate travel expenses and the position will be held for term of 2 years (renewable) subject to annual review.

Application Deadline

21 December 2012

Closing Date

21 December 2012