Sligo rugby club seek Director of Rugby



Sligo Rugby Club are advertising for a Director of Rugby.

The role is being revived in the wake of a truncated 2019-2020 season which saw all domestic rugby grind to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sligo’s first team head coach Paddy Pearson and management team have indicated they are stepping away from their roles with the senior side after two seasons at the helm.

The club’s new Director of Rugby will be responsible for the playing structure for senior rugby in the club and will coach Sligo’s first and second teams. The post-holder’s primary responsibility is for the recruitment, development and management of all senior player  and coaches in the club.

The Director of Rugby will be responsible for the vision, strategic direction and management of rugby in the club, thereby maintaining the continuous development of the club and its players.

This role includes:

  • Lead the Elite Rugby (AIL 2B and Connacht Junior 1A) agenda within the Club. Working in conjunction with the Rugby Chairman/Committee, team management and coaches to create processes, training plans and an environment that will enable players to succeed on and off the field.
  • Develop and Implement a coordinated coaching programme for all teams (senior teams). Develop and implement a coordinated coaching programme throughout all sections of the Club.
  • Co-ordinating the implementation of the Club’s agreed playing philosophy throughout all sections of the Club (senior teams).
  • Co-ordinate with the Rugby Committee on the recruitment and retention of players, coaches and management and developing and maintaining links with local schools, IT Sligo and Connacht Rugby.
  • Oversee the implementation of the IRFU Long Term Player Development programme throughout the Club.
  • Report to the Executive Committee on rugby matters and make recommendations on improvements/ initiatives that need to be implemented.
  • Provide succession planning to ensure that qualified coaches are appointed to all teams and receive the appropriate training required by attending designated coaching courses.
  • Set behavioural standard policies for all teams (senior teams) at that start of the season.
  • Liaise with the Club coaches, players committee and team captains on matters such as playing facilities, equipment, playing gear etc.
  • Be aware of all administrative procedures regarding player registration and eligibility.

Applicants will need to have experience at a senior level (IRFU Stage 4 or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate the ability to implement change along with an outstanding commitment to the further development of rugby in the club. They will be committed to providing quality opportunities and experiences for all players, developing skills and excellence.

Hours and financial package are for discussion at interview stage.

Applications for this opportunity should be sent by email only to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 24th, 2020.



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