JOB TITLE: NZRL Resident 18’s Girls Club Trainer

This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year / 2023 Campign .

REPORT TO: National Coaching & Development Manager and Head Coach



New Zealand Rugby League:


Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. With a commitment to growing the female game, providing aspirational experiences and opportunities for youth female players to participate in rugby league. The New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Resident 18’s Girls club representative teams contribute to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NZRL Ahi Kā Aotearoa, NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.


The successful candidate will be appointed in the head trainer role and reports to the team Head Coach.



New Zealand Rugby League goals:


  • Rugby league enjoyed by more people
  • A financially sustainable NZ Game
  • Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game
  • Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational
  • NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation


Through our “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.


Underpinning this philosophy is The Kiwi Way. 

We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and therefore we are all Kiwis.

We are inclusive, respectful and humble

We are responsible

We are innovative and courageous

We are family first


We live and play The Kiwi Way every day




The trainer is required to facilitate sessions in a manner that minimises risk of injury and promotes athlete wellbeing. The trainer will also be required to mentor the players under their supervision regarding the nutrition, training and general lifestyle decisions of their athletic careers and beyond.



Campaign dates:

20th Oct- – 23rd Oct 2023


Fixture date:

Monday 23rd October 2023; Bruce Pulman Park (Auckland)





Skills and Qualifications:
•       Involved as a Trainer with a team in a NZRL National Youth Touranment or National Secondary Schools competition

•       Achieved a minimum of NZRL First Aid Officer (National Trainer Accreditation preferred) or record of prior learning (Level 6 Sport Science or Fitness, with relevant rugby league strength and conditioning experience [1-3 years]).

•       Have a current First Aid Certificate.
•       A strong understanding of the ACC LeagueSmart programme and exercises and best practices in a Rugby League setting.
•       A sound knowledge of sports science as it is applied in Rugby League.
•       A proven understanding of injury prevention, assessment and treatment.


Planning and Reporting:  
  • In consultation with the Head and Asst Coach coach develop a pre-campaign training and team schedule
  • Prepare a report in NZRL prescribed format to be completed within the agreed deadline


Personal Attributes:
•       Take a creative but realistic/practical approach to designing training sessions in consultation with the coaching staff
•       Considerate of player’s personal beliefs when physical contact is required to manage injuries
•       Flexible and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds when dealing with players

•       Able to work as part of a multifaceted team





Key Responsibilities:
•       In conjunction with NZRL and the coaching staff implement a training programme targeted at preparing players to perform to the best of their ability.
•       Work alongside the coaching staff and athletes to proactively minimise injury risk and ensure any injuries are managed in the best possible way for the athletes.
•       Act as a positive role model to all athletes in regards to overall fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.
•       Actively promote athlete well-being and safety and attend to the first aid and emergency care of players.
•       Active engagement in training and match-day management of athletes, working alongside coaching and medical staff to promote athlete well-being and safety prior to, during and following the campaign.
•       Work alongside the training and medical team to co-ordinate all training, match day and medical equipment.
•       Educate athletes in areas relative to training techniques, nutrition and performance where required.
•       Create a positive and encouraging training environment for the team.


Application process:


To register your interest for the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and Cover Letter to the National Coach Development Manager (Dan Keepa) no later than EOB Monday 25th September 2023.