There is still time to apply for the new full-time rugby development officer (RDO) positions in the Leicester Tigers community department.
Tigers are looking for two new full-time RDOs to join the club’s community team. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Meanwhile, Chris McAuley, Tigers inclusive rugby development officer (IRDO), has taken part in a Q&A with leicestertigers.com for supporters to find out more about the role of an RDO with one of biggest names in world rugby.
Tell us a about your background and how you came to work at Tigers?
“I used to work for the RFU working in partnership with clubs to deliver coaching to youngsters as well as delivering rugby camps in schools across the North West. But some members of the Tigers community team have joined with a little bit of coaching experience and have developed their skills and qualifications from there.”
What does the role of an RDO include?
“Our team visits communities across the UK delivering rugby camps, rugby training, programmes and initiatives to people from every walk of life.
“In my role as an IRDO, I work closely with target groups and special educational needs and disability communities to create opportunities for them to participate in rugby. It’s a challenging role, but highly rewarding.”
What skills does an RDO need?
“Experience in coaching to a variety of needs helps, and we do ask for relevant Level 2 NGB Coaching Qualifications.
“However, being enthusiastic, proactive and passionate about rugby is just as important. It’s a great opportunity to learn on the job, and develop transferable skills that will help when delivering programmes.”
And finally, what’s it like to work at Welford Road in the community team?
“To be at Tigers in any capacity is a dream for many and there’s a real close-knit feel about the place.
“People talk about the #TigersFamily and we work closely with all departments at Welford Road and Oval Park training ground. So you’re always learning, and to have the freedom to make a real difference in communities is hugely rewarding.”