JOB TITLE: NZRL Secondary School 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 and 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, providing positive experiences and opportunities for female youth players to participate in rugby league. The New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Resident 18’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 Secondary School 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 will play an integral part in helping players forge a pathway to discover their true greatness. It is essential to understand that all NZRL coaches have the opportunity to enhance the way a player thinks, acts and feels about the game by providing a positive NZRL 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. To be successful in this role, the head coach must perform all requirements in this job description to a high standard. The coach has a significant impact on player development,  welfare, motivation and the overall playing performance of the team. Ensuring that the pride and integrity of the jersey are upheld through the team’s day to day activities will also be part of the coaches ongoing responsibilities. The Coach will demonstrate the ability to lead and manage individuals and staff effectively while meeting the desired outcomes in this job description. It is important to remember that this age group are making the transition from adolescents to adulthood. Hence, a variety of coaching methods are essential to meet the needs of each player.




  • The NZ Secondary School Girls team will be selected from the NZRL Secondary School Girls Tournament (from schools that had financially registered for the NZRL National Secondary Schools).
  • The NZRL Secondary School Girls will play the NZRL Clubs Young Female team


Team Selection dates

30th August – 3rd September 2022– Rotorua

Campaign dates:

Date Friday 21st October – 24th October

Venue – QBE Stadium – North Harbour




Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop, compile, and communicate schedule in consultation with relevant NZRL and Team personnel


  • 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’s / Secondary School’s 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 & 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 your interest in the above position, please email your Coaching C.V and Cover Letter to the National Coaching and Development Manager (Dan Keepa) dan.keepa@nzrl.co.nz no later than EOB Friday 23rd September 2022 (The successful coaching staff will be required to undergo the NZRL Police Vetting protocols)