JOB TITLE: NZRL Whaanui 16’s Girls Head Coach


HOURS OF WORK: This is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of some weekend work and a camp for each campaign.

APPOINTMENT TERM: One (1) year plus an additional one (1) year pending campaign review.

REPORT TO: National Coaching & Development Manager, Head of Womens Rugby League



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, they provide aspirational experiences and opportunities for female youth players to participate in rugby league. The NZRL Whaanui 16’s Girls representative teams contribute to the female pathway, which leads to and includes the NRLW and NZRL Kiwi Ferns.

The successful candidate will be appointed in the dual role of NZRL Whaanui 16s Girls 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




An NZRL coach is integral in helping players forge a pathway to discover their true greatness. All NZRL coaches can enhance the way a player thinks, acts and feels about the game by providing a positive and aspirational experience both on and off the field.


The Coach will prepare individuals and the team for their best possible performance for the duration of their campaign. The coach can significantly impact a player’s development, well-being, motivation and the overall performance of the team. Instilling pride and integrity in the jersey is also a part of the coach’s responsibilities.


The Coach is required to lead and manage individuals and staff effectively while meeting the desired outcomes in this job description. Connectivity with players and staff and flexibility are crucial skills for a coach to possess because players have unique needs as people and athletes at this stage of their lives.




  • The NZRL Whaanui 16’s Girls team will be selected from the NZRL National Youth Tournament (from players that have registered and played at the NZRL National Youth Tournaments).
  • The NZRL Whaanui 16s Girls Team will play an ARL 16s Girls Representative side.


Team Selection dates

24th Sept – 26th Sept 2023 – Taupo

Campaign dates:

Date  20th Oct- – 23rd Oct 2023

Venue – Bruce Pulman Park  – Auckland



Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop, compile, and communicate a campaign plan in consultation with relevant NZRL and Team personnel and provide milestone reports to NZRL


  • Advise team management and NZRL on equipment requirements specified in relation to training, conditioning and game day


  • Coordinate and manage all staff and their delivery in the football programme
·       Demonstrate personal credibility, honesty & integrity


  • Ensure that training sessions are well structured and maximise the usage of time and resources available. Provide training sessions that enhance the player’s skill development and understanding of the game


·       Provides regular, accurate and meaningful feedback to players on areas for improvement and monitors progress during the campaign through individual Player Development Plans


  • Submit a detailed Coach’s review at the end of the relevant campaign


  • Develop and maintain relationships with all other members of the management team and NZRL staff


  • Be actively engaged in personal development (suggested by NZRL) that is relevant to the position


  • Participate in any research or data-gathering exercise requested by NZRL.





Skills and Qualifications:


·       Senior Club Coach qualified no earlier than 2015

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in a Head Coach position at U18 ‘/ Secondary School or above
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a coaching position at U18’s or above
  • The ability to plan and prioritise their 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 and international level (NZ)
·       Understand the characteristics and needs of the athletes being coached in relation to their stage of development


Planning and Reporting:


  • Submit training details and game plan/book within a set timeframe
  • Provide weekly work-in-progress meetings with relevant football and NZRL staff
  • 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 focused

·       Enables others to perform their roles to the best of their ability

·       Possesses a Hauora approach to developing people



Application process:

To register interest in the above position, please email your Coaching CV and Cover Letter to the National Coaching and Development Manager (Dan Keepa) at no later than EOB Friday 16th September 2023. (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols.)