1st XV Club- Head Coach: Boroughmuir Rugby

Boroughmuir Rugby has always been a forward thinking, innovative club. Established in 1919 as an FP club, it is now at the centre and forefront of a multi sports community hub based at Meggetland in Edinburgh; a hub which includes football, hockey, cricket, american football, kayaking and rowing.

We’re breaking new ground in many ways, in 2012 we became Boroughmuir Rugby and Community Sports Club, a registered charity. We now have a community café, commercial kitchen and bar which is open 7 days a week. Everyone is welcome to either join us or to visit.

In 2016, we developed plans for the Boroughmuir Youth Academy, with its inaugural season in 2017-18. This has been spectacularly successful and we now run the top Scottish Club Youth section with 500 kids, producing age group players for regional and national teams. These players are now graduating into our senior club teams.

An exciting opportunity has just arisen within our club’s senior coaching structure. We are looking for a Head coach who will play a vital role in ensuring our 1st XV are re-established at the top level of the amateur club game in Scotland. We have a strong coaching structure at Boroughmuir which gives the successful candidate opportunities to learn and develop from our Super 6 coaches and experience the inner workings of a part time professional environment.

Applications in the form of a CV and covering letter should be submitted to Graeme Blackhall, Head of Rugby, Graeme.blackhall@sky.com. Please outline your relevant skills and experience for the post.

Closing Date: 27th May 2022 at 5pm.

Head Coach- Job description

Personal Attributes/Qualities

  • Positive, approachable and committed
  • Strong Organisational skills
  • Strong communicator
  • Qualified UKCC Level 2 coach or evidence of working toward Scottish Rugby’s new Advanced Coaching Programme

Key Responsibilities:


  • To co-ordinate, motivate and lead players towards a common goal.
  • To create a positive ethos based on agreed values with playing group
  • To lead and develop all senior coaches at the club
  • Act as a role model to staff and players across the club
  • Work under pressure, making measured decisions based on knowledge and experience


  • Provide clear and regular feedback to individual players and whole squad through use of video analysis
  • Create a strong network of communication with senior club coaches, physio’s, team manager, video analyst and S&C coach
  • Provide regular updates to Head of Rugby based on agreed targets at start of the season
  • Foster strong links with our youth and performance academy through liaising with our Performance Academy manager -changed from youth academy?
  • Communicate with Super6 coaches and management of potential player progression 

Planning & organisation

  • Set short- and long-term targets based on strong forward-thinking planning.
  • Ability to attract and recruit players to add to existing strong playing group.
  • Set key themes of development based on your playing squad
  • Ability to develop players individual technical skills to compliment the tactical game plan
  • Lead and oversee squad selection meetings for the 1st and 2nd XV’s ensuring consistency between squads.
  • Liaise with team manager on logistics e.g. equipment, facilities, transport…etc. Integrate through long term planning.
  • Liaise with S&C coach on key development priorities and monitor to ensure transfer onto the pitch

Pre-season training- begins- Start of July, 3 sessions per week

In season- Tuesday and Thursday evenings with matches on Saturday

Date published: 12 May 2022
Date updated: 12 May 2022


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