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John Lawn – Coach Development Officer

John Lawn

Photo: RFU Archive

How did you get to where you are today?
Progressed from volunteer on RFU programmes to become a Rugby Development Officer. I then gravitated towards coaching and coaching development and this led to an opportunity to become a Coach Development Officer.

Why did you join the RFU?
Because of the variety of the RDO role, the opportunities to develop myself, the working environment and autonomy given to field based staff.

What does your role involve?
Facilitate coach education & development, management of volunteers; training & development of educators and trainers; development of coaches working at all levels of the community game.

What do you enjoy most about working for the RFU?
Allowed to contribute, given responsibility, access to training.

What is your take on Rugby?
We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it is a player’s game……..for all shapes, sizes and ability. If you improve and develop better coaches, you will get better players and a better game.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I enjoy what I do.

What does the future hold for you both at the RFU and your career?
Opportunities to develop in my existing role and/or the chance to progress my career through promotion.

Message to prospective applicants…
No two days are alike; every day throws up a new challenge. At times you have to think on your feet, be reactive and innovative and it can be hard work. It is never boring.


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