VACANCY – Rugby Development Officer

Purpose of Role:

To co-ordinate the coaching and development of the Newcastle Thunder College Programme & the Newcastle Rugby Foundation Woman’s Dual Code Programme and Thunder’s player development programme (PDP). Actively recruit players and develop the programmes to ensure all participants maximise their potential both on and off the pitch.

Key Responsibilities/Deliverables:

  • Organise and deliver an effective recruitment strategy for both Newcastle Thunder College Programme (age 16-18) & NRF Woman’s dual code college programme.
  • Plan a full college programme to include games, training and any other activities
  • To lead on the development of Woman’s and Girls College Rugby across the North East.
  • Promote and develop effective relationships with community clubs and schools to increase awareness of the Newcastle Women’s Rugby player/coach pathways.
  • Develop and deliver a comprehensive coach development programme to upskill coaches/teachers from across the North East
  • To support key Newcastle Thunder & Newcastle Falcons initiatives to increase attendances.
  • Support the delivery and development of holiday coaching camps.


  • Actively recruit a new cohort of players each year for Newcastle Thunder’s College Programme (16-18 years).
  • Actively recruit a new cohort of players each year for NRF Woman’s college team (16-18 years).
  • Fully planned and delivered Player Development Programme engaging coaches from across the region.


  • Enthusiasm and passion for developing rugby and individuals
  • UKCC Level 2 Award in Coaching Rugby League & Rugby Union (or equivalent)
  • Experience of coaching a wide variety of social backgrounds, ages and ability levels
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills with an ability to manage own workload
  • Ability to work as part of a team and meet organisational demands
  • Ability to create and maintain strong working links and relationships
  • Ability to work to a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated, organised, enthusiastic and honest personal attributes
  • Current UK Driving License
  • Access to a car


  • Experience of playing/coaching rugby league and rugby union at college level.
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field

Salary: £18k to £20k dependent on experience.

Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 2nd December 2019

Interviews WC Monday 9th December 2019

Start Date: January 2020

To apply please email and request a application form. Please note CV’s will not be accepted. Appointments are subject to Enhanced DBS checks.