RFU support staff
As education continues to be a key focus for the growth of rugby union, the RFU provides support for the development and growth of schools rugby. With the support and expertise of a dedicated Schools Development Team whose aim is to continually supply support, tools and resources, local delivery teams implement a national framework. These teams can support all types of schools on many levels.
Schools Development Team
Based at Twickenham, the home of England Rugby the team work with teachers, volunteers and field based staff to create better opportunities for you and your school.
If you need help and advice on school improvement through rugby union or any schools rugby matters contact the schools development team.
Regional Delivery Teams (RDT)
Work to apply the national strategic framework to the needs of the game locally. An RDT consists of:
- Regional Rugby Manager (RRM) – leads strategic, joined-up delivery of the team across the region.
Rugby Development Officers (RDOs) – first point of contact to support local rugby development, focusing on club development and managing Community Rugby Coaches.
Community Rugby Coaches (CRCs) – coach in schools, colleges, universities and clubs to sustain and grow the game of rugby.
They are joined by specialist staff that work across the region to support specific projects and work areas, including:
- Coach Development Officer (CDOs)
- Referee Development Manager & Officer (RefDM & RefDO)
- Volunteering Executive (VE)
- Funding & Facilities Manager (FFM)
- Women’s Rugby Football Union (RFUW) Development Manager (WRDM)
- Rugby Union Student Liaison Officer (RUSLO)
These people work with a range of key partners – such as Constituent Bodies, Premier Rugby Community Departments, Regional Academies, Sport England Officers, County Sports Partnerships, School Partnerships and Local Authorities – to support the educational establishments in their area.