Rob Drinkwater – Regional Development Manager
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How did you get to where you are today?
Today I drove, but often I cycle through the Cycle to Work Scheme!!
Why did you join the RFU?
The RFU offered a positive change in career for me at a time when I was wishing to gain more management experience.
What does your role involve?
As a Regional Development Manager (RDM) I am responsible for 20 staff (six Development Officers, a Student Liaison Officer and Community Coaches), and the delivery of our programmes in the community in order to achieve the aims of our strategic plan.
Much of this entails communications and relationship building with volunteer stakeholders (Council Members, CB Reps, Club Members) as well as Sport England Regionally and locally through the County Sport Partnership (CSP) network and educational structures.
The strength of the relationship with these stakeholders correlates with how much they feel involved and have an "ownership" of our work.
What do you enjoy most about working for the RFU?
Great people, especially in the regional teams, and a degree of flexibility around the work. No two days are the same.
What is your take on Rugby?
My "take"? For me, rugby is about entertainment, friendship, fun, and camaraderie.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Blue skies and the wish to be out there participating. Life's not a spectator sport!!
What does the future hold for you both at the RFU and your career?
In these times it’s a bonus to have a job, but always with an eye on where the next opportunities lay. But the future in terms of career has to fit around my family.
Message to prospective applicants…
Don't apply just because this is England Rugby. Apply because the job excites you and the position will both develop you and our organisation.