Rugby Safe Manager Needed

Kent RFU are looking to recruit a new Rugby Safe lead for the county. The role is to ensure the playing of rugby within the Kent RFU Constituent Body (CB), across all clubs and in the education sector, is as safe as possible whilst ensuring player welfare standards and good practices are maintained at all times. Generally passing on information and assisting clubs regarding rugby safe matters.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Trevor Hopper for his service in maintaining safety within the County’s rugby community, and wish him well for the future as he steps down from this role.

If you are interested in this role please contact Kevin Cope, KCRFU Club Development Chair ( as soon as possible

Reporting Line:  Chairman – Club Development

Working relationships: 

  • Club development committee members
  • RFU Rugby Safe manager
  • CB safeguarding manager
  • Game development chairman
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Coaches 
  • RFU Rugby Safe manager
  • RDO’s 
  • CB Clubs 

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • CB Risk assessment – To review CB risk assessments and current first Aid and immediate care provision for all representative training and matches on an annual basis. To create a plan using the RFU’s Guidance as minimum standards to ensure every training session and match is appropriately covered
  • Training and equipment – Arrange training to ensure all First Aiders and immediate care practitioners are trained and up to date with an appropriate level of qualification in line with RFU guidelines, and have a process in place for the management of First Aid and the immediate provision of all necessary and appropriate care supplies and equipment
  • Provision of CB First Aid / Immediate care, including pitch side provision for representative rugby, when necessary. 
  • Reporting – To ensure there is an adequate process in place to keep records of player medical conditions, monitor injuries and report incidents/ injuries as they happen in line with RFU regulations. To maintain aggregate data, in order to identify types of injuries sustained by players across CB clubs and any apparent trends in the incidences of injuries.
  • Club Support – To act as a contact and initial source of advice for CB clubs and schools within and on behalf of the CB.  To work with clubs to give them understandings of current compliance levels and provide support and guidance on First aid and immediate care training, injury reporting and other player welfare issues.
  • Funding / PFR – To review and manage budgets for player welfare projects and first aid and immediate care provision. To input into the PFR planning process to provide funding and enable opportunities for both CB and clubs to support player welfare across all levels of the game (NB2021 / 2022 budgets are significantly reduced due to the impact of Covid on RFU funding to the CB)
  • Promote good mental health, coordinating training for club representatives and signposting clubs and individuals to suitable support and guidance. 
  • Rugby safe – To utilise the RFU’s Player Safe’ scheme and guidelines (especially, but not exclusively those linked to the management of concussion injuries) and working with key personnel to support wider best practice and ensure that all volunteers and parents are aware of how to support player welfare
  • To provide to the Honorary Secretary of Kent County RFU, by the end of May each year, a written report of the activities for which you are responsible, as undertaken by the committee and/or sub-committee of which you are a member.

Experience Knowledge and Skills:

  • RFU Emergency First Aid course
  • Immediate care in sport course
  • Empathy and approachability
  • Objectivity
  • Attention to detail, 
  • Resilience 
  • Have a background in medical or First Aid
  • An understanding of promoting mental wellbeing


  • Developing self and others
  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Drive
  • Satisfying needs of related parties
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Discretion
  • Budget management


“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.”