Success Stories in working for the RFL
Talent and Performance Administrator
When I interviewed for this role, there was a heavy focus on the people, the community, and the work environment. While I cannot experience the latter, I am incredibly grateful to the people that have supported me so far. I have been in close contact with the People Team throughout my onboarding process and continuing into the first few weeks of my role. The People Team made sure that the onboarding process was straightforward, simple, and useful and I felt confident on my first day knowing that I was prepared to start. Since then, I have felt comfortable going to them for any question or query, however big or small, and they have been more than happy to help. Knowing that I have people looking out for me during the onboarding process and as I settle in is incredibly reassuring.
Starting a new job during a pandemic was bound to have its challenges. Despite this, I feel like I am already a part of the RFL team, even though I have never met any of my colleagues in person. I am learning a lot about how to adapt to virtual working, but everyone who has helped me along the way has made this process really easy. I am really looking forward to meeting my team in person and being able to join the RFL community.
National Clubs Manager
I have worked at the RFL since 2009 and my current role is the National Clubs Manager, and I have had multiple roles in the development department. I do enjoy working at the RFL mainly due to the people, not only in our team but across the organisation, dedicated hardworking and down to earth.
I have personally benefited from support and the CPD opportunities provided most recently completing management and leadership level 5. I have also been able to accessed some unbelievable experiences involve in RLWC2013, RWLC2017 Traveling to Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Canada, and Australia. I have worked within the community and professional game and had a number of opportunities to progress and access personal development in ongoing learning in active roles;-
- Event lead for a number of community finals and events.
- Team liaison for the New Zealand Kiwis in 2013 for 8 weeks.
- Team Manager for England Youth team for a number of years
- Currently England Wheelchair RL Team Manager and active grade 1 Match Official
During the last 12 years, my wife Suzie and I became parent twice over with Zaac age 10 and Leo age 8, I am also proud to say they both play Rugby League at their local community club.
I think the organisation is a great place to develop and improve professionally and grow the greatest sport of all!
Full Time Match Official, Recruitment & Development Manager
It was 2011, when I was 16 when I was encouraged by some of the coaches to do a referee course that was coming up. I had played rugby when I was younger but thought I’d give refereeing a go with no expectations other than just try to give it a try and earn some pocket money. After doing the course and refereeing games in North West Counties, I loved it and would do 3 or 4 games a week! Having lost a lot of weight training to get better I began to progress and through the support of the society I got to do the interchange role on a Super League game, from that day onwards I knew I wanted to be a Super League Referee. After continuing to progress and a lot of good coaching I was appointed to Touch Judge my first Super League match at 18 and at 20 was a Grade 1 Referee in the Championship and League 1 comps. I had completed my Law Degree at uni and had planned to pursue a legal career as a Solicitor, but in 2017 the RFL advertised the role for a Full Time Match Official to join the panel. It was a big decision to make in my career, but I knew I wanted to do the role full time to learn and progress. Thankfully, I got the job starting in June 2017 and went on to referee my first Super League game that same year.
2017 also included getting selected to go to Australia for the World Cup at the end of the year which was another unbelievable experience, and I could feel I was improving with full time coaching and learning off some greatly experienced top-class referees in that environment. 2019 saw me take on an additional role as part time Recruitment & Development Manager bringing through and coaching new officials, something I am passionate about as well as working closely with my RFL colleagues from all departments of the game. I started the 2020 season with confidence that I had established myself and experience as a Super League referee and the season turned out to be one, I’d never forget. I went on to referee my first quarter, semi and then Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, at 25 the youngest ever referee. I have started my 5th year working at the RFL as an Elite International Referee showing that there are great opportunities in the game to pursue a successful career, if you are willing to be dedicated, work hard and be resilient.