Bedford Blues and Sports in Schools are seeking a new Head of Community to further develop and oversee the success of the community department, whilst delivering high quality sports provision to schools, clubs and organisations.

In 16 months, Blues Community has achieved considerable growth across Bedfordshire and beyond. The goal is to continue working towards sustained support within the community through sports coaching with rugby at the forefront. With over 250 schools across Bedfordshire, there is a wide range of opportunities to build stronger links with educational organisations and other supporting bodies.  

The Head of Community will lead our work in the public and community sector, working predominantly with schools and companies in delivering sports coaching of the highest standard.

The post holder will be required to manage coaches and staff and will also be responsible for reporting directly to the Operational Director of Sports In Schools and key internal stakeholders at Bedford Blues.

The full-time role will be based out of Goldington Road, but will require extensive hours working off-site and home match days.

Responsibilities to also include:
a) Manage and oversee a growing community coaching department
b) Gain and develop a wide range of sports coaching contracts with schools and organisations 
c) Ensure and maintain high standards of coaching delivery across all programmes. 
d) Work closely with local organisations and NGB’s with Rugby Union projects
e) Ensuring the Community Department adheres to the current positive brand of Bedford Blues. 
f) Monitoring and evaluating the coaching with continued upskilling of coaches
g) Produce Community P&L each month

Essential Skills / experience:
a) Minimum RFU level 2
b) A recognised First Aid Qualification. 
c) Knowledge and understanding of child protection issues including holding a current Safeguarding Children certificate. RFU ‘Play it Safe’ & ‘In Touch’ safeguarding courses are desirable
d) An accepted Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
e) Experience of coaching young players. 
f) An appreciation and experience of mentoring and developing other coaches. 
g) Understanding of the National Curriculum and current teaching/coaching policies.
h) Willingness to work weekends when required. 

It is desirable that the chosen candidate may have experience of the following: Head of Community, Head of Games/PE, Senior Academy Coach, RDO, Community Coach, PE Teacher.

To apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter to and by 5pm on Friday 27th October. Interviews will take place the following week.

Ben Gulliver, who will be leaving the club in early December to explore a teaching opportunity, has done a terrific job of leading the community setup since its inception. The Club would like to place its thanks to Ben and wish him the best of luck for the future after playing an instrumental part in the growth of Blues Community.

No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.