Steve Grainger MBE, Rugby Development Director

Steve Grainger joined the RFU as Rugby Development Director in June 2011 from his CEO position with the Youth Sport Trust.

A leading expert in sport development, he had huge success in building the Youth Sport Trust (YST) into a vital part of the sport infrastructure over his six years as Chief Executive. Overall he had 16 years’ experience working with a range of national governing bodies at the YST and prior to that spent three years at the National Coaching Foundation, having started his career in sports development and management in Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

In 2007 he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to school sports.

Grainger’s role has responsibility for all grassroots rugby development, ensuring that the nation’s clubs, colleges, universities and schools have the capacity and capabilities to take advantage of the huge opportunity offered by Rugby World Cup 2015.

He oversees the club and Constituent Body services team as well as the RFU’s school and university programmes and has responsibility for growing the leisure formats of the game: sevens, touch and tag. He also leads the RFU’s volunteer programme and the hugely successful Facilities and Funding programme that has invested over £100m in RFU clubs over 10 years.

Steve lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two daughters.