Rugby Union Specialist – South

Rugby Union Specialist – South 

Location: Remote working or a UL school in the south London area

Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata

Contract Type: 15 months fixed term contract with potential to extend

Working Hours: 4 days (30 hours) per week (with potential to extend to 5 days and 37.5 hours)

Closing Date: Midnight, 9th May 2022

Interview Date: Wednesday 18th May 2022

Are you passionate about the impact that rugby union can have in a secondary school environment and on the lives of young people?

Do you want to lead a trailblazing scheme to develop schools rugby in the south of England and to support club rugby?  

If the answer is “yes” we’d love to hear from you.

About the Role

In partnership with England Rugby, United Learning are appointing a Rugby Specialist role.

Working across a network of secondary schools in the south London area, you will be responsible for the hands-on delivery of rugby union to students through in-lesson support and co-curricular clubs, staff training and creating links to local clubs.  This role is also responsible for the coordination of activity within other United Learning secondary schools in the South of England to ensure they have access to club support, teacher CPD and competitive opportunities. 

The role will involve working with Heads of PE, Senior Leadership Teams, RFU staff, United Learning’s Head of Sport and local partnerships to plan and deliver inclusive and developmental rugby activity.  The aim is to maximise participation, develop staff and young leaders, provide playing opportunities and link students and schools to local community clubs.

About You

You will be a qualified rugby coach able to inspire PE teachers and senior leaders to grow rugby union within curricular and co-curricular provision. You will support their delivery through hands-on coaching, teacher training and coordinating links with local competition providers and community clubs.

In addition to being a coach that can inspire, we are looking for an individual who has an understanding of current issues within PE and community rugby clubs and who has the ability to develop and deliver solutions to overcome these, to maximise participation for young people of all backgrounds.

Rewards and Benefits

  • 26 days holiday (pro-rata)
  • Competitive salary
  • Contributory pension scheme, meaning we will save together for your retirement
  • Life assurance
  • Occupational sick pay, protecting you and your family
  • Competitive maternity, paternity, and adoption benefits
  • Over 250 employee exclusive benefits through our partners Perkbox, including access to discounted cinema tickets, holidays and gym memberships, car leasing and Cycle2work schemes
  • Continuous Professional Development options that will be tailored to your needs through the RFU and United Learning
  • A supportive team across the country
  • Options for flexible working.


Please review the job description and person specification, then complete our online application form.  Please use the ‘personal statement’ section to tell us how you would fulfil the accountabilities of the role, and how your experience fits with our person specification.

United Learning

United Learning is a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. It’s an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All positions are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We are working hard to become a more diverse organisation – which is key to our commitment to bringing out the best in everyone. We welcome applications from everyone committed to this ethos and would particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in the Group as a whole.  We always appoint on merit. We are open to discussing flexible working options.

For more information

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact:

Inta Punkstina at

Address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough PE3 6SB

Telephone: 01832 864 444