JOB TITLE: NZRL Residents Assistant Coach      

HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of a camp for the campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: 2020 Campaign vs NZ Maori

REPORT TO: General Manager of High Performance and National Coach Education Manager


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

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


An NZRL Assistant Coach will perform their role with both professionalism and integrity while supporting the agreed direction for the campaign. They will support the Head Coach through the analysis of team strengths and areas to develop, that will contribute to the implementation of game strategies. An NZRL Assistant Coach is someone who has sound rugby league knowledge and can work collaboratively with the Head Coach to achieve successful outcomes. It is important to remember that the rugby league community is diverse, so a variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player.

The Assistant Coach shall support and complement the Head Coach in achieving the following:

  • Prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign
  • Will demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage individuals and meet the desired targets set in conjunction with the Head Coach and NZRL
  • Assist in reviewing and evaluating the team’s and individuals performance against key performance indicators
  • Make every effort to complement the vision and objectives of the Head Coach through utilising your coaching skills and experience where applicable


Campaign dates:

Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th November; Auckland based

Fixture date:

Sunday 8th November 2020; Auckland


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Involved with the Coaching of a team in the Men’s NZRL National Premiership, Southern or Northern Championship competitions
  • Experience of coaching a minimum of a Premier Club Rugby League
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a coaching role
  • The ability to plan and prioritise own tasks and activities
  • Strong communication and organisation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of different coaching styles, approaches and techniques
  • A sound understanding of Rugby League at a National & International level (NZ)
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of the athletes you will coach in relation to their stage of development

Planning and Reporting:

  • In consultation with the Head 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:

  • Highly motivated and determined
  • Consultative and collaborative
  • Can coach the Kiwi Way by possessing positive relational and performance character strengths
  • Team focussed
  • Enables others to perform their roles to the best of their ability

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of the team schedule and undertake any set tasks associated with the team schedule in consultation with the Head Coach, NZRL and Team personnel
  • Advise and assist the Head Coach on cataloguing gear and equipment requirements specified in relation to training, conditioning and game day
  • Support delivery of football programme
  • Support and contribute with the Head Coach to ensure training sessions are well structured, and maximises the usage of time and resources available and provides drills and practices that enhance the player’s skill development and understanding of the game
  • In conjunction with the Head Coach provide regular, accurate and meaningful feedback to players on areas for improvement and monitors progress during the campaign
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all other members of the management team and NZRL staff

Application process:

To register your interest for the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and a Cover Letter to the National Coach Education Manager (Dan Keepa) no later than EOB Wednesday 21st October 2020.