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Becoming a Director of Rugby in Independent Schools

With Neil Rollings

Becoming a Director of Rugby  in Independent Schools

This course is aimed at teachers and coaches who have been recently appointed to this position, or who aspire to achieve this in the future. The challenges in delivering school Rugby are more complex than ever. Recent high-profile safety concerns have challenged the assumption that participation should be compulsory, and the game in schools is under unprecedented pressure. Schools therefore require Rugby to have strong, visionary and sensitive leadership, which is why the role of Director/Head of Rugby is becoming more commonplace.  However, the job is now more challenging than ever before, and being a great player or coach is no longer sufficient preparation. This seminar seeks to prepare people from a playing and coaching background for the wider implications of the job.


  • Defining the role and its expectations
  • Director of Rugby – or Head Coach?
  • Leading the school Rugby programme
  • Dealing with the compulsory Rugby issue
  • Addressing safety concerns with science
  • Communicating benefits to parents and staff
  • Establishing priorities and measuring success
  • Making the rugby experience engaging
  • The place of non-contact Rugby
  • Building a stimulating Rugby programme
  • Leading staff, pupils, parents and heads
  • Managing expectations
  • Sports scholarships:  advantages and disadvantages
  • Creating a championing coaching philosophy
  • Coaching philosophy, playing philosophy or both?
  • Director of Rugby as an ambassador for the game


1 place £185 2 places £309 4 places £499

Seminar runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Neil Rollings

Neil was in charge of rugby at four independent schools over a 21 year career, including 10 years as Head Coach at Sedbergh.  He also coached North Schools and England Schools’ President’s XV.  He now advises independent schools on the development of sports coaching programmes, and is a member of the RFU Technical Advisory Group


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