This week’s Sector Spotlight is on the Leisure and Sports industry. Today we hear from John Cairns who is the Rugby Development Officer with Orkney Rugby Football Club (ORFC).
John worked in a range of facilities and sport roles which led him to be offered the job as Rugby Development Officer.
Can you describe a typical day in your job?
Depending on time of year a typical day can involve planning and office based work or I can be working in Primary and Secondary schools delivering rugby taster sessions.
How did you end up in your current role?
I left school at 16 years old and went to study Sports Coaching and Development. I got my first job in the sports industry at 17 years old as a Leisure Attendant and Sports Coach.
Once I completed my degree, I worked in various facilities and coaching roles. I was then promoted to Team Leader where I was working.
I was invited to interview at Orkney Rugby Football Club for the Rugby Development Officer role and after the interview I was offered the job. I have now been here for 3 years.
What is the best thing about your job?
Helping the players and the club develop.
What is the worst thing about your job?
Trying to keep up to date with the ever changing rules and regulations of the sport.
What skills do you need to undertake your role?
What qualifications do you have?
Would you recommend this job to young people, if so why?
Yes, it is a very rewarding job helping players of all ages develop.
You can visit Orkney Rugby Football Club (ORFC) on their:
Website – https://www.orkneyrfc.co.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OrkneyRFC/