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AJRA is Hiring Rookie Rugby Youth Development Officers

Position: Rookie Rugby Youth Development Officer

Term: May 6 - August 19, 2019, 30 hours per week (varied)

Compensation: $16 per hour

Positions in: Edmonton (2), Calgary (2), Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Medicine Hat

AJRA is a registered non-profit society that was formed to ensure all clubs in the province of Alberta had the ability and resources to form Junior and Rookie Rugby programs.  Rookie Rugby is non-contact flag rugby for boys and girls of all ages. AJRA is committed to grassroots development using Rookie Rugby to educate the province on the physical and social benefits. 

Job Description:

AJRA has applied for funding under Service Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs Program for the employment of individuals for 30 hours per week for 6-10 weeks during the 2019 summer period (April-August).

The Rookie Rugby Youth Development Officer Intern will be a motivated and energetic person looking to develop their skills and experience in sport management and administration, teaching, recreation or non-profit areas.


Under Service Canada’s requirements of the Canada Summer Jobs program, to be eligible the individual must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment,
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Grant Information:

As this position is funded by Service Canada, the funds must be applied for therefore are not guaranteed. Notification of success is likely to be received in late April, early May.

Experience and Qualifications:

Experience or current post-secondary enrollment in one of the following fields of study is preferred:

  • Recreation and Sport ManagementEducation
  • Non-Profit ManagementEvent
  • Planning/Management
  • Community DevelopmentVolunteer Management

Provide a current Criminal Record Check with specific reference to the Vulnerable Sector

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Engage and develop relationships with local elementary and middle schools with the goal of conducting Rookie Rugby sessions in PE classes and afterschool programs.

Organize and conduct a Rookie Rugby Try Days for local junior high schools.Engage and develop relationships with local community groups (ideally one under-served community) with the goal of conducting Rookie Rugby sessions in these groups (includes after school, weekend, and summer programs).

Assist the Rookie Rugby Manager in the training of school teachers, community staff, and club volunteers in Rookie Rugby Instructor Training sessions.

Provide administrative support to the Rookie Rugby Manager in the implementation of Rookie Rugby.

Support the local community rugby clubs in relevant minor club development, promotion, and activities (including organizing and hosting Try Rugby Days).

Skills / Requirements:

  • Self-starterEnjoys working with children
  • Able to work both independently and with a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Current understanding of the game of rugby
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Computer aptitudes
  • Experience coaching children (Preferred)
  • Rugby experience (Not required, but preferred)

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter by April 26, 2019 to:

Peter Houlihan; Rookie Rugby Manager - AJRA

Alberta  Junior Rugby Association

Alberta Junior Rugby Association


To: Calgary Rugby Union, Edmonton Rugby Union, Rugby Alberta

From: Catherine Laing, AJRA President

Subject: Age Grade Variations – Rugby Canada

April 4, 2019

As of April 1, 2019 the age grade variations implemented by Rugby Canada have been updated. This change was the decision of RC after a committee of representatives from across the country made recommendations on how to increase the amount of play for our junior athletes.

We believe these changes will increase the amount of playing time our junior athletes receive, along with teaching the necessary rugby related skills at the appropriate age grades. Most importantly, the changes will increase the level of fun for our athletes!

Please see attached document, outlining the changes. There will be as a follow up to this document, easy to understand age grade variation cards for our athletes, coaches and officials. Expect to see the new cards April 15, 2019 .

We thank the committee for their efforts on this project and are excited to see the positive impact they have on our junior game.


Catherine Laing; President, AJRA

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