Kent County Youth Chair Opportunity

Our valued Youth Chair is stepping down due to increasing family commitments and therefore we are looking for a replacement to fulfil this role. This role oversees and organises Youth Rugby in Kent from under 19’s down, however the role is supported by several volunteers. If anybody is interested in taking over this role please contact David Clent (game-development-chair@kent-rugby.org) by Friday 18th Sept.

Role Description

Role Title:  KCRFU Youth Chair

Role Purpose: To oversee and organise Youth rugby in Kent from under 19’s down

Reporting Line:  Game Development Committee Chair

Direct reports: 

  • Mini Youth Chair 
  • Competitions Managers CB (Under 12 to Under 18)
  • Secretary, CB 

Working relationships:

  • Game Development Chair and Committee
  • Rugby Development Officers
  • Kent Rugby Office
  • County Treasurer
  • County Safeguarding Officer
  • Youth Officer of KCRFU Disciplinary Committee
  • Kent Society of Referees
  • Club Youth Chairs and Fixture Officers
  • Saracens Academy
  • England Rugby’s Age Grade Review organisers
  • KCRFU Women and Girls Committee
  • Any other body/Committee as may be required

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • To manage the Age Grade Budget: produce annual budgets and action plans for Youth rugby and monitor progress throughout the season
  • To ensure the implementation of KCRFU policy in relation to Age Grade rugby in the county, disseminating information from England Rugby in relation to Regulations, Guidelines, initiatives and information.
  • To oversee the organisation of all County Age Grade competitions which currently include; ‘Waterfall’ tournaments (Under 12 and 13). Season long ‘Competitive’ cup competitions (under 14-16) And 10 and 15 a-side leagues and cups competitions (under 17-18)
  • To oversee County Sevens tournaments (under 13s-under 18s)
  • To oversee the management of complaints with citations and disciplinary infringements referred to CB Age Grade Disciplinary Officer. 
  • To manage the approval of Clubs who wish to play 17-year olds in adult rugby and approve players to play up to adult rugby in line with RFU guidelines
  • To liaise with England Rugby regarding the implementation of Age Grade Rugby policies and practices
  • To liaise with England Rugby regarding the Structured Season Calendar
  • To liaise with Kent Schools, DPP Programme organisers and youth committee to produce a Kent County combined Structured Season Calendar, incorporating all formal County competitions, festivals and tournaments, School competitions and Saracens DPP dates
  • To liaise with KCRFU’s Safeguarding officer on matters arising
  • To liaise with KCRFU’s Age Grade Disciplinary Officer on matters arising

Experience Knowledge and Skills:

  • An ability to lead and manage teams of people
  • An ability to provide strategic leadership and direction
  • An ability to interact effectively across a wide spectrum of stakeholders, ranging from professional RFU employees to club volunteers at all levels
  • Good verbal, written and communication skills
  • Understanding of relevant legislation, safeguarding and data protection aspects of the role
  • Understanding of, and commitment to equal opportunities and managing diversity
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and data protection aspects of the role

Competencies:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership and decision-making
  • Ability to delegate but retain accountability
  • Strategic thinking
  • Collaborative approach to management and problem-solving when appropriate

Protocol

“Whilst engaged in any activity under the auspices of Kent County RFU Ltd, it is not permitted for any adult to attempt to induce, or influence, any player to move from one club, or from one educational establishment, to another.

If any adult, whilst engaged in any activity under the auspices of Kent County RFU Ltd, is approached by a player or parent, in order to secure a change of playing environment for the player, the matter shall be reported immediately to the Chairman of Club Kent, who will deal with the matter.”