At Scottish Rugby it takes a team effort to deliver the high standards we set ourselves on and off the pitch.
As a growing organisation with many responsibilities we have a number of departments supporting every aspect of rugby and managing Scotland’s largest stadium.
Our High Performance department drives all aspects of the elite game of rugby in Scotland. The FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy identifies and develops young players and prepares them for the professional game. The national teams have a team of skills coaches, S&C coaches, analysts, medics and physios, who are all supported by an administration team who bring it all together, managing everything from travel to training schedules.
Both professional teams in Scotland, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby have their own team of Coaches Physios, S&C Coaches and Analysts, in addition to off-field support too, this includes Marketing and Communications, Sponsorship and Operations.
BT Murrayfield is Scottish Rugby’s main location, which accommodates the offices for our corporate functions. From entering the main gates, you’d see our Facilities team making sure the stadium and the pitch are ready to welcome 700,000 fans through the gates for international and professional matches every year (that’s a lot of tickets our Ticket Services team have delivered).
An international match day experience is second to none. This is delivered by our Events team who work tirelessly to create moments that last a lifetime. And it’s not just rugby we do here – there are concerts and charity fundraisers too alongside hosting thousands of guests and conferences in our hospitality suites.
Rugby fans make the game what it is, and our Marketing and Broadcast teams make sure that we drive content that engages fans of every age throughout the year.
Scottish Rugby’s sponsor family is supported by the Commercial team who ensure that each sponsor is able to bring their brand to life throughout the rugby season.
Rugby Development drive the growth of the game at the grassroots level and partners with rugby clubs across Scotland to ensure rugby thrives in their community. Our Managers in this team plan the development of the game and also use business skills to assist clubs in being financially sustainable. There is a strong rugby focus as we develop rugby coaches, medics, referees and volunteers – better support means better players.
Scottish Rugby’s Media team brings everything together and tells our story through working with the written and broadcast media to populating our own digital channels with breaking news and stories.
The game in Scotland is governed by our Legal and Governance team. This team support Scottish Rugby’s Council and the various working groups across the game.
Our HR team look after our people, over 250 employees and 150 contracted rugby players. This team supports every individual to achieve their potential through their journey at Scottish Rugby. We value each individual’s strengths and believe in building a positive culture where everyone contributes to the success of Scottish Rugby.
Our people tell us they are proud to work here. That shows in what they do. Each person is passionate and is dedicated to inspiring Scotland through rugby
The Scottish Rugby Board and Council oversee the governance of rugby in Scotland, supported by the senior management and their departments.
Scottish Rugby Board
The Scottish Rugby Board is responsible for the ongoing management and operations of Scottish Rugby under powers delegated to it under the Bye-Laws. Its members also serve as the Board of Scottish Rugby Union Limited, comprising four independent non-executive Directors, four non-executive Directors nominated by the Scottish Rugby Council (one of the four being the President in his capacity as Chairman of the Council), and four executive Directors. The Vice-President is also entitled to attend Board meetings as an observer but is not entitled to vote.
Executive Directors serve under the terms of their employment or service contracts. The independent non-executive Directors are appointed for terms of three years and would normally be expected to serve for a minimum of two terms. Appointment of the independent non-executive Directors is by the Board, on the recommendation of the Nomination Committee. The Council nominated non-executive Directors are appointed, or re-appointed as the case may be, by the Council after the AGM, when vacancies arise. Their terms in office vary.
Scottish Rugby Council
The Council’s responsibilities include reviewing the operational activity delegated to the Board, developing and fostering the game of rugby in Scotland, reviewing and advising on matters of policy and strategy and developing relationships within the game at both domestic and international levels. Council members support the various age grade and women’s national teams in an ambassadorial capacity.
In Season 2017/18 the Council met nine times, including quarterly reviews, a joint briefing session with the Board and additional briefing meetings. Various working groups took place throughout the year, including season structure and governance reviews.