NSW Waratahs to Appoint their first Director of Women's High Performance

Mon, Sep 18, 2023, 12:58 AM
by Harry Magriplis
Piper Duck leads out the NSW Waratahs
Piper Duck leads out the NSW Waratahs

NSW Waratahs to Appoint their first Director of Women's High Performance

The NSW Waratahs are now calling for applications for their first, fulltime Director of Women’s High Performance Rugby, for 2024.

In a major development for the already successful Waratah women’s program, the High Performance Director will be responsible for coaching the Super W team, co-ordinating the NSW Women's Elite Sevens side and developing the Women's Elite Training Program.

NSW Waratahs CEO Paul Doorn, says this is a new and exciting role that marks a major step forward for women’s rugby in the state, for both XV’s and 7’s rugby.

“This full-time position will be a game-changer for the women's game in NSW, providing us with a real point of difference by having a dedicated coach working with our best athletes all year-round.

“It will improve and grow our female rugby pathways across the state and take on the responsibility for identifying and nurturing talent across all aspects of women's rugby.

“This step forward is important to us as a Union as we work towards creating a supportive, high-performance environment that enables all our players to perform at the elite level” he said.

NSW Waratahs Super W Program Manager Matt Evrard, said now is the right time to move the head coaching role to a fulltime position.

"NSW is the largest catchment in Australia for female rugby players and now we’ve made an even greater commitment to discovering, nurturing and retaining the best talent this state has to offer.

“This role offers full-time coaching and oversight of multiple women's high-performance programs and will need to be driven by an ambitious coach with high levels of organizational and strong communication skills,” he said.

Current NSW Waratahs Women’s Head Coach Campbell Aitken, who has filled the part-time coaching position since 2019, has decided against making the transition to the full-time role.

Doorn thanked Aitken for his work coaching the highly successful Super W team.

“Campbell's five-year contribution to women's rugby in our organisation has been nothing short of remarkable. We extend our heartfelt thanks to him for his dedication and wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” he said.

Aitken joined the NSW Waratahs Super program as an Assistant Coach in 2019, winning the Super W title that year and was Head Coach winning back to back titles in 2020 and 2021.

Applications are now open for the Director of Women’s High-Performance role. To view the job description and find information on applying CLICK HERE

For more information about this role please direct enquiries to matthew.evrard@nsw.rugby