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Director of Rugby

The Director of Rugby course has been developed by the RFU in partnership with the Ashridge Sport and Business Initiative to develop and support a generation of dynamic and inspirational leaders for the game. It is aimed at those leading rugby programmes in clubs, schools, Colleges and Universities.

The course will develop leadership and management themes, but set them firmly in an applied rugby context.

The course will be delivered over four days, taking in four modules. Modules will be delivered in two sets of consecutive days, with residential accommodation provided within the cost. Over dinner at each overnight stay, there will be chance to listen to and question an experienced Director of Rugby to further develop your learning. It is envisaged that each cohort will become part of an ongoing Community of Learning, sharing practice and experience for years to come and the RFU intends to help facilitate this.

The content will be delivered as follows:

Module 1

  • The DOR Role
  • What is Success: Vision, Mission, Values

Module 2

  • Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement
  • Change Management

Module 3

  • Leadership Models and Style
  • Conflict Management and Influencing

Module 4

  • Managing Performance and Developing People
    • Players, Coaches and Support staff
  • Appraisal
  • Succession Planning – Captains, Leaders

The content will be delivered by:

  • Nick Scott – National Coaching Development Manager
  • Ian Bell – Ashridge Sport Business Initiative 

Places are limited – apply online and send a full CV either electronically to or by post to Lisa Sketchley, Game Development, Rugby House, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA.

Online bookings can be made through our Online Course Booking System. The closing date for applications on the next course is June 13, 2014.

For information on course dates and location, download the following PDF (635kB).


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