Nature and Scope :
The post holder will, in conjunction with the Head of Women’s Performance, Senior Team Coaches, andteam science and medicine services, be responsible for the physical preparation and performance of the England Women’s Rugby Team.
Manage and co-ordinate the physical development program for Elite Performance Squad (EPS) players, through effective collaboration with Premier 15 club S&C coaches, medical practitioners and rugby coaches.
Ensure the development of elite level support services for physical preparation, within the Women’s domestic club structure.
The Role holder is responsible for :
Manage and develop the physical performance strategy leading into the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Ensure the provision and delivery of all components of leading-edge physical development services to Elite Performance Program (EPS) Players both during centralised England program periods and during decentralised club’ based periods.
Provide clear and specific EPS player physical development objective, to all relevant stakeholders, to ensure a collaborative, aligned and transparent development process is established between clubs and governing body.
Ensure a strategic physical development pathway is established and communicated to all relevant stakeholders with the target of winning the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup
Work collaboratively with club S&C coaches to ensure best practice is realised within physical preparation programs.
Ensure that clubs maintain their delivery against the minimal operating standards (MOS) as governed by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Ensure that the delivery of the strength and conditioning service effectively meets its commitments to athletes, coaches and National Governing Bodies
Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, primary care managers, parents, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
Establish effective working relationships with other members of the RFU support team and associated practitioners to ensure the best care for athletes across the programme
Deliver integrated rehab sessions in conjunction with Women’s Performance Physiotherapists
Work within the rules of the UK Professional Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines and, where appropriate, the EIS host agency
Where appropriate identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, including workshops, to inform and educate athletes, coaches and Performance Directors in the effective use of strength and conditioning
Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with athletes and coaches
If appropriate manage and supervise the work of other strength and conditioning service providers at the site, including the setting of robust and challenging objectives and the regular monitoring of performance
Attend, contribute to and provide regular reports at appropriate meetings associated with the programme and to key stakeholders including other RFU colleagues and NGB staff.
Undertake any other reasonable duties for Professional Rugby Director and other colleagues as requested.
Participate in ad hoc projects and or applied research across the organisation as appropriate.
Attend meetings and workshops, training courses and visiting sites on occasion and as appropriate.
Any other duties as may be requested.
To deliver targets agreed with the Head of Women’s Performance and in conjunction with the RFU Strategic Plan which will allow for improved performance year on year.
Qualifications and Experience :
Degree level (or equivalent) in sports science or related area, specialising in physical preparation of elite athlete
UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation
Higher degree level (or equivalent) specialising in the physical preparation of elite athletes
Experience in the provision of strength and conditioning services, including coaching to athletes and coaches to improve performance.
This experience should include work with elite level rugby union teams and their athletes.
Experience of analysing the demands of a sport in relation to the performance outcomes and identifying the strength and conditioning requirements.
To develop, implement and evaluate strength and conditioning programmes for individual athletes within these sports
Experience of strategic planning including individual programming supported by specific diagnostics and monitoring which inform the coaching process
Verifiable record of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of strength and conditioning services to high performance sport
Experience of short and long-term strategic planning for collective team performance, which should involve performance objective setting, multidisciplinary integration, delegation of key roles and responsibilities, and inspiring and influencing a wider network of S&C coaches.
Experience of travelling to major competitions with elite level teams (e.g. Olympic or Paralympic games, World or European Championships / Cups, Commonwealth Games)
Knowledge and Skills
An understanding of the needs of elite rugby players and coaches in a high-performance environment
An understanding of the various sports science and sports medicine disciplines
Anatomical knowledge and ability to apply this within a strength and conditioning environment
Knowledge of and ability to teach barbell lifts, supplementary exercises and ground-based drills including how to correct common faults with appropriate diagnostics and monitoring
Knowledge and ability to construct strength, speed / change of direction and fitness based training schedules both gym and field based, with appropriate diagnostics and monitoring including an indexed database of work conducted with athletes
Ability to modify strength and conditioning programmes according to the results of assessment data, in conjunction with coaches and other support staff
Ability to scientifically validate and interpret the methodology of test protocols and data and other scientific data
Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences
Good coaching skills including the ability to adapt to the environment to motivate behavioural change and augment performance
High performance team coach with ability to lead and influence P15’s strength and conditioning coaches
Good IT skills and use of various Microsoft software packages.
Creative and innovative thinker.
Effective mentoring skills.
Personal time management and planning skills in order to focus on priorities in the face of a large workload.
Excellent communicator and relationship builder.
An excellent motivator of people.
Full Driving Licence
Commitment to education and continuing professional development.
All Role Holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality.Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence.
Personal circumstances must allow the candidate to work extended hours, evenings and weekends as required, including time overseas.
Roles holders not based at the Twickenham headquarters must be available to work from there as and when required.
The role description, person specification, role grade and role title may be subject to change at the discretion of the RFU and in accordance with business developments.
Any changes will be communicated to the role holder as appropriate.