Message from our president

As we head into the opening league weekend I would like to wish all of the County’s teams the very best of luck for the season ahead. Win or lose, I sincerely hope that we all fully embrace the values of the game that we love so much. While we may not currently agree with all the decisions the RFU have made of late, our core values form the backbone of what makes the game great.

I look forward to seeing you all around the County this year, and to hearing some wonderful tales of how we are implementing and supporting the development of the game in Oxfordshire. With the men’s World Cup on the horizon, this year is a great opportunity to build and promote rugby within your communities. We then have less than two years until the women’s World Cup and another fantastic opportunity to further grow and promote the game.

So once again I wish you all good luck for the season ahead and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Stuart Mount
President Oxfordshire RFU

Southwest Divisional U20s roles available

We are looking to appoint the following positions for the Southwest Divisional U20s

 

Team Manager,

HONORARY TEAM MANAGER DIVISIONAL U20s XV

 

Head Coach,

HONORARY HEAD COACH DIVISIONAL U20s XV

 

Chairman of Selectors,

HONORARY CHAIR OF SELECTORS DIVISIONAL U20s XV

 

You would be appointed for season 23/24

Closing Date for applications 3rd September 2023

 

Applications in writing by letter and a Rugby CV, should be sent to Shane Aldridge via email: shane.aldridge@virginmedia.com

For further information and/or an informal discussion, please contact the Divisional Player Development Chair for that role using the contact email above or phone:

Shane Aldridge – 07785 245851

 

Southwest Divisional U18s roles available

We are looking to appoint the following positions for the Southwest Divisional U18s

 

Team Manager – You would be appointed for season 24/25, you would be expected to shadow the current team manager for the 23/24 season.

HONORARY TEAM MANAGER, DIVISIONAL U18s XV

 

Assistant Coach – You would be appointed for season 24/25, you would be expected to shadow the current team manager for the 23/24 season

HONORARY ASSISTANT COACH, DIVISIONAL U18s XV

 

Chairman of Selectors – You would be appointed for season 24/25, you would be expected to shadow the current team manager for the 23/24 season

HONORARY CHAIR OF SELECTORS, DIVISIONAL U18s XV

 

Closing Date for applications 3rd September 2023

 

Applications in writing by letter and a Rugby CV, should be sent to Shane Aldridge via email: shane.aldridge@virginmedia.com

For further information and/or an informal discussion, please contact the Divisional Player Development Chair for that role using the contact email above or phone:

Shane Aldridge – 07785 245851

REGIONAL PLAYER PATHWAY GROUP CHAIR ROLE

 

         

REGIONAL PLAYER PATHWAY GROUP CHAIR ROLE DESCRIPTION

 

REPORTS TO:

Player Development Sub Committee

 

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

Divisional Player Development Chairs, Constituent Body Pathway leads, RFU and Regional Academies staff.

 

Overview

In 2015 the RFU Council approved recommendations of the U16s Pathway Strategic Review, which included a proposal to introduce Regional Player Pathway Groups (RPPGs). The establishment of these groups would address a weakness in the landscape, namely the absence of a single forum of key stakeholders to coordinate CB and Regional Academy player and coach development activities and manage the playing programmes of identified players.

 

NATURE & SCOPE OF ROLE:

The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they understand the landscape that is Age Grade Rugby and its interactions across different environments. The successful applicant will work to ensure collaborative working to achieve the outcomes of all Age Grade Rugby recommendations. Applicants must be well organised and able to cope with the administration that is essential to the success of the programme. Applicants will also be responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with key stakeholders.

 

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To provide strategic leadership for the RPPG
  • To champion the best interests of the games talented young players
  • To ensure that the terms of reference for the RPPG are adhered to
  • To support the identification and recruitment of appropriate group members
  • To communicate and share all relevant information between stakeholders
  • Organise meetings and meeting agenda with the Academy Manager and RFU PPO
  • Ensure invites are sent to all attendees 14 days prior to date
  • Confirm minutes are sent out within 7 days
  • To escalate any appropriate issues to the most appropriate RFU staff member

 

SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS:

  1. Annually schedule CB and Regional Academy player development activities across the Region, ensuring that these are aligned to the Age Grade Playing Calendar and designed to alleviate programming conflicts on players. The following should be taken into account in developing these plans: School, college and club fixtures, CB representative programmes, ERDPP, PDG, Regional Academy fixtures
  2. Oversee the implementation of the ERDPP across the region, to include approval of the delivery plan and budget for RFU PPO authorisation.
  3. Receive and disseminate the published PDG and EAP (England Academy Player) lists in order to plan and agree the competitive programmes of identified EPDG/EAPs (up to and including U18s) and those involved in the aspirational pathway. Ensure that all stakeholders respect the priorities.
  4. Coordinate CB and Regional Academy coach development activities.
  5. Oversee the appointment process to DPP and Regional Academy U16s positions. 6. Oversee the process of player release from Academy or PDG
  6. At all times to champion the best interests of the games talented young players.

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

The post holder is accountable to the Player Development Sub Committee for the successful delivery of the responsibilities outlined above.

 

The term for the position is 5 years subject to annual review.

 

Applications in writing by letter and a Rugby CV, should be sent to Shane Aldridge via email: shane.aldridge@virginmedia.com

For further information and/or an informal discussion, please contact the Divisional Player Development Chair for that role using the contact email above or phone:

Shane Aldridge – 07785 245851

Closing date for applications 6th August 2023

 

Louise Gray joins the ORFU coaching team

We are delighted to welcome Louise Gray to the Oxfordshire County Womens coaching team.

Louise is an ex Scottish International player and a very experienced coach who is currently female head coach at Witney Rugby Club.

 

She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the County set up. Womens chair Chris White said “It is fantastic to have two excellent female coaches along with their male counterparts as part of the coaching team. This is another positive step on our 5 year plan to improve the quality and experience for our county players.”

 

As we are not sure of the copyright on photos please look at this article from the Oxford Mail.