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RFU support staff

As education continues to be a key focus for the growth of rugby union, the RFU provides support for the development and growth of schools rugby. With the support and expertise of a dedicated Schools Development Team whose aim is to continually supply support, tools and resources, local delivery teams implement a national framework.  These teams can support all types of schools on many levels.

Schools Development Team

Based at Twickenham, the home of England Rugby the team work with teachers, volunteers and field based staff to create better opportunities for you and your school.

If you need help and advice on school improvement through rugby union or any schools rugby matters contact the schools development team.

Area Delivery Teams  (ADT)

Work to apply the national strategic framework to the needs of the game locally.  An ADT consists of:

Area Manager - Co-ordinate RFU staff into to, and interface with, CBs and line manage the Rugby Devlopment Officer's ,Women's Rugby Development Officers, and Universities Rugby Development Officers and are accountable for local delivery of RFU services to the game.

Rugby Development Officer (RDO), They are the first point of contact for clubs, Getting the right RFU resource / support to  the right club at the right time and linking club and school work to create a local network around a club.

Community Rugby Coach (CRC) Are there with Hand on Coaching. Working with schools, colleges, universities, and communities, linking to the loacl rugby club.

They are joined by specialist staff that work across the region to support specific projects and work areas, including:

Universities Rugby Development Officer (URDO) work with universities to ensure supply of playing opportunities and support them in engaging students.

Women's Rugby Development Officer (WRDO) developing and implementing plans to grow supply of, and demand for, female engagement in the game.

Area Facilities Manager (AFM) Responds to local needs to support identified clubs with facility improvement projects.

Area Training Manager & Officer (ATM & ATO) Identify, train and ensure availability of training courses suitbale for all levels are available in the area.

Player Development Officer (PDO) maximise XV and Sevens playing opportunities for 14-24 year olds.

These people work with a range of key partners – such as Constituent Bodies, Premier Rugby Community Departments, Regional Academies, Sport England Officers, County Sports Partnerships, School Partnerships and Local Authorities – to support the educational establishments in their area.


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