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Rugby Coach

Job Reference schooltalent/TP/105/1218

Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Casual Contract
Contract Details:
Casual, part time, 6 - 8 hours per week
Working Hours:
6 - 8 Hours per week
Closing Date:
Physical Education/Sports
Region / Division:
George Watson's College
Job Role:
Operational/Professional Services

Package Description

Location: George Watson’s College, Edinburgh

Contract Type: Casual, part time, flexible shifts, 6 – 8 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

The Role

We are seeking to recruit Rugby Coaches from August 2024 to work on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings during Term Time. Flexible shifts are available with approximately 6-8 hours per week for each position. Please see attached job description. You will hold the following skills & qualifications;

  • Excellent knowledge of rugby gained via previous experience of playing and or coaching
  • A specialist knowledge of forward play, especially Line Out and Scrum is helpful
  • A formal rugby coaching qualification is advantageous but is not essential Enthusiastic and inclusive approach to coaching 


To apply, please click the Apply button. Please include a letter of application of not more than 800 words giving us more information about you and why you would like the role, addressed to Mr Ally Donaldson, Director of Rugby.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Tuesday 23 July 2024.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in the week commencing 29 July 2025.

Main Responsibilities

  • To assist in the technical coaching of rugby at George Watson’s College (GWC); A knowledge of forward play especially line out and scrum would be an advantage.
  • To help develop and implement inclusive, purposeful and progressive sessions for GWC performance teams during curricular and extracurricular sessions.
  • To analyse requirements and help design and implement appropriate training sessions aimed at improving confidence and technical ability with pupils of all standards.
  • Consult with other coaches to select appropriate pupils to represent GWC at local games and national competitions.
  • To help take responsibility for the pastoral care of pupils; including accompanying pupils to matches / tournaments throughout the season and supervising pupils during travel.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience of coaching forward play with speciality at scrum and line out
  • Ability and understanding required to support and develop the inclusive ethos of sport and fitness at the School and the parity of esteem and opportunity for both girls’ and boys’ sport
  • Flexible and imaginative in developing their practice and keep abreast of the latest practice in the delivery of coaching
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to work with colleagues from different disciplines and across both Junior and Senior Schools
  • A personal commitment to Sport and Physical Education and be prepared to make a significant contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school.


  • Hold a governing body coaching certificate or be able to demonstrate experience in coaching at an appropriate level
  • Experience of supervising others
  • First Aid Qualification
  • IT literate - specific experience of using MS Word and Excel, including use of e-mail and familiarity with Internet resources

About the school/organisation

George Watson's College sits in the heart of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, providing a world-class education for children and young people from Preschool to Senior 6.

We encourage our pupils to develop a love of learning through an inspiring curriculum and an extensive and inclusive enrichment programme, which are underpinned by the four values we live by: aim high, be kind, join in and respect all.

Our school is a place where pupils have the freedom to thrive, succeed, explore, perform, and grow, giving them the opportunity to discover their own limitless potential.

Preschool, junior and senior pupils all learn and play on the same 52-acre campus, where our sports facilities, music school, art department, technology building and drama studios are within walking distance.

We offer our pupils one of the widest extra-curricular programmes you will find anywhere, plus the opportunity to travel internationally during their time with us, and a broad range of learning experiences outside the classroom.

Digital technology supports and enhances learning, with every pupil encouraged to use their device where it adds real value to developing skills and critical thinking.

Our school has an enviable reputation for the breadth of opportunities pupils have to get active, with around 25 different sports available to both girls and boys. Participation, excellence, professionalism and equality are the four cornerstones of our physical education and sport department here at Watson's.

When it comes to music and drama, our pupils are given the opportunity to co-produce stunning shows, delivering memorable performances that live long beyond school days.

Most importantly, the wellbeing of our pupils matters to us more than anything else. There are various ways we support pupils to proactively manage their mental health, while a range of peer-led programmes has created a culture in which we can all play our part.

All this means that when the sun shines we celebrate the happy moments, and when it doesn't we're there to protect and support, just as our motto says: ex corde caritas - love from the heart.


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