RPA Vacancy - Fundraising Manager Restart Rugby Charity

Fundraising Manager – Restart Rugby (Charity No 1113160)

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England which was established in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the international game. The RPA offers members Player Welfare and Representation services as well as RPA Gain Line, a comprehensive Personal Development Programme to help prepare them for life after rugby. The RPA has also acted as the exclusive commercial representative of the England Team since February 2004. www.therpa.co.uk

Restart is the official charity of The Rugby Players Association (RPA) and we are dedicated to supporting professional rugby players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship.  We provide financial and practical support to players and their families during difficult times, including help with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation equipment and disability support. We’re also there when players need emotional support to help with mental health issues, by providing a 24/7 Confidential Counselling Service.


Restart Rugby is a charity which is exploring a wealth of new and exciting fundraising opportunities with a view to growing income considerably over the next few years. The Fundraising Manager will provide support in all areas in achieving our aims and objectives. You will work alongside other members of the RPA team, managing specific income streams and projects, plus the day-to-day admin around the charity (e.g. Donor stewardship, JustGiving). The successful candidate will also work closely with the wider RPA team (Commercial, Rugby and Communications departments) in addition to other stakeholders within the rugby industry to help build awareness and income for the charity.

The role has a well-rounded remit, providing exciting opportunities to work across a number of fundraising disciplines. We are looking for a dynamic, creative fundraiser who is comfortable juggling different priorities across different projects.

Key Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:


  • Third Party / Community Fundraising

Responsibility for managing day to day planning for and running of third party / community fundraising activities including:

  • Development and management of plans for community fundraising activities - Restart Rugby led events (i.e. Restart Round), supporter led fundraising (including in celebration and in memory)
  • Supporter recruitment, engagement, stewardship and support
  • Player recruitment, management and engagement
  • Material requirements
  • Communications and promotion


  • RPA Events

Working with other members of the team to manage and deliver fundraising aspects at RPA events for which Restart Rugby is a beneficiary including:

  • Researching and sourcing auction prizes
  • Stewardship around events (thanking, prize distribution, follow up etc.)
  • At event activities and providing support when required (potential for some weekend / evening work)


  • Corporate Fundraising

Explore the development of this area of fundraising including research tasks, pipeline development, development of resources, staff engagement and corproate proposition and engagement where appropriate.


  • Fundraising support

To provide support in achieving growth across the following areas:

  • Corporate Fundraising: Research and admin
  • Trusts Fundraising: Case for support and admin
  • Beneficiary Events: Admin / auction prize support
  • Regular Giving: Day to day supporter stewardship and engagement
  • Appeals: As required


  • General Fundraising Admin
  • Managing general fundraiser stewardship
  • Managing recording of supporter data / database following GDPR requirements
  • Managing Just Giving upkeep and admin
  • Working with the Comms team on general upkeep of website
  • Feeding into social media plans and activity
  • Specific reseach and support work across different income streams
  • To manage the administration of Restart Rugby Trustee Meetings including minutes and actions

Skills & Experience required:


  • Proven practical experience of the charity sector, fundraising disciplines, income generation and supporter stewardship
  • An understanding of different charity income streams, what’s involved and how they work
  • Proven skills in project management and managing numerous tasks at the same time
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven organisational skills


  • Direct experience of third party / community fundraising and fundraising events
  • An understanding of the professional sporting landscape would be advantageous.
  • A positive, flexible approach is required along with the commitment to the RPA’s mission statement, vision and key values.

Salary: competitive plus company benefits

Location: Remote Working.  Please note that travel into the Twickenham area and/or Central London will be required on an ad hoc basis.

How to apply:  Please send your CV and covering note, including salary expectations, to:  careers@theRPA.co.uk

Application deadline:  Tuesday 25th May at 5pm. Please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion if you are not contacted within 14 days of the closing date.

Interview dates:  1st interview’s to be held w/c June 14th 2021.