Are you a creative and innovative coach who is willing to help the next generation of Young Players Cut Their Teeth?

The North West DPP are looking for expressions of interest from the region’s coaches to help implement our regional coaching programme strategy for 2021/22.


The North West Developing Player Programme (DPP) is for players aged 13-16 years and is run across seven centres regionally in Cheshire, Lancashire and the Isle of Man with the aims of:

  • A development-led programme that provides a longitudinal identification opportunity
  • The engagement of broad numbers of players who’s potential will emerge at different stages of development
  • A structured and managed player transition process for players entering and exiting the programme specially to ensure those players who do not join the pathway i.e. the majority, are retained in the Community Game to arrive at the ultimate destination – “involvement in the game for life”

The Role

The North West DPP will run twice monthly sessions from September 2021 to April 2022.

Key Tasks

  • To deliver coaching sessions and festivals for The North West DPP players in line with the agreed calendar
  • To develop the players involved in line with the programme objectives
  • To attend periodic assessment days to benchmark young players and invite those with potential to attend the DPP
  • To continue benchmarking and providing individualised feedback to players to support their on-going development
  • To commit to on-going formal & informal personal development and training


Skills & Education

  • Will have achieved, as a minimum, England Rugby Coaching Award (ERCA) or the previous UKCC Level 2 award
  • Must be registered under the RFU Coach License Scheme
  • A valid First Aid Certificate is highly desirable
  • Able to demonstrate significant commitment to their personal and professional development
  • Understands Player Centred Coaching and can adapt coaching style to meet the learning style of the players
  • Can communicate effectively with players, parents and coaches to assist players with self-reflection and setting of appropriate development goals


Qualities & Attributes

  • Promote the Academy coaching & playing philosophies
  • Adapts quickly and with enthusiasm to changes, and adapts work effort appropriately
  • Can show evidence of a creative and innovative approach to coaching
  • Understands the current playing pathway at Under 14 to Under 16 and the key stakeholders involved therein
  • Is committed to working as part of a team and to working towards the objectives of DPP
  • Have professional perspectives on player care and ethical practice



  • A schedule of Sale Sharks CPD events (including with Senior Sharks Coaches)
  • Access to observe Junior and Senior Academy training sessions
  • Access to an online North West DPP coaches platform
  • DPP coaching kit
  • Sale Sharks season ticket (claimed on a match by match basis)
  • Opportunities to progress through the Academy coaching pathway


How to Apply

Please send your coaching CV and cover letter to Academy Coach Development Officer Jack by Midday on the 30th of July 2021.


Noel Speed | Junior Academy Manager.

Mobile: +44(0) 7890124155.

Sale Sharks, 31 Carrington Lane, Manchester, M31 4AB.