Job Description

The Royal Navy Rugby Union is seeking to appoint two Assistant Coaches to deliver the planning and coaching of the Mariners representative section for the season. The coaches will be responsible for providing a positive and successful playing environment.
The responsibilities will include supporting the assessment & selection process, the playing & match preparation for the squad, attending coaches meetings, the end of season review meeting and completing player feedback & profiling forms.

Applicants should demonstrate experience of coaching at divisional representative level; commitment to and engagement with the RFU's Coaching Development Qualification structure and have an affinity with the community game.

Coaches should hold a minimum of the RFU Level 1 coaching qualification or its equivalent.


REPORTS TO: Head Coach RN Mariners

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Director of Rugby; Team Manager; Medical staff.

NATURE & SCOPE OF JOB: The post-holders will contribute to the planning and delivery of the coaching programme for the season to provide a positive and successful playing environment. Provide high quality coaching to players to enable them to develop and perform at their optimum level. Prepare the RN Mariners team for Inter Service matches.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  Ensure the players receive the highest quality coaching, preparation and feedback as directed by the Head Coach.  Work in conjunction with the Team Manager, Head Coach and Medical Staff.  Evaluate all coaching sessions and games with the coaching team and players.

Ensure that the coaching and playing squad present themselves as ambassadors for the Royal Navy Rugby Union and act within accordance within the Core Values of the sport.


Hold a minimum of a RFU / UKCC Level 1 Coaching Qualification or its recognised equivalent.

Demonstrate a track record of personal coach development (CPD).

Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the programme.  

Is able to work effectively under the direction of the Head Coach.

Work effectively with other members of the Mariners Coaching and Management Team.

Self motivated, committed and enthusiastic about coaching rugby union.

Is strongly biased towards a Player Centred approach to coaching.

Support a playing environment that balances player development with team performance.

Is able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes relative to the programme.

Has a sound understanding of the RFU performance pathway for players.

Have high standards of personal accountability and responsibility for the players.


The post holders are accountable, with the Head Coach (Mariners), to the RNRU (DoR) for the successful delivery of the responsibilities as outlined above.

Applications in writing together with a Rugby CV should be sent to the Director of Rugby (CPO Ash Coates, Royal Navy Rugby Union, HMS TEMERAIRE, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2HB), or ashcoates@me.com

Closing date for applications is 31st October 2011.