Richmond Rugby launches Community Rugby Department
Richmond Rugby is delighted to announce a new Community Rugby Department which will work closely with the club’s current minis, juniors and youth sides in developing talent alongside promoting the game to youngsters throughout Surrey. The new Community Department will also be delivering a wide range of sports projects and will supply quality sports coaching to schools and organisations in the local area.
The department - which will be headed by a newly appointed Head of Community - has been established following close work between the Club Chairman Peter Moore, Director of Rugby Steve Hill and Sports In Schools Ltd. Sports In Schools specialise in the formation and operation of community departments for sporting clubs and businesses, currently managing successful community departments at Championship side, Bedford Blues, along with National One clubs, Coventry Rugby and Birmingham Moseley. They also have over 12 years’ experience in working with schools, charities, academies and M&J sections.
Speaking about the appointment, Chairman Peter Moore commented: “This is a very important development for our rugby club as a whole and one that I believe passionately in. Richmond Rugby Club is a huge part of the community already, but this appointment will allow us to become far more involved with the local area and beyond. With over 300 schools and organisations across Surrey, there is a fantastic opportunity to build stronger links within the community, deliver high quality sports coaching and provide sustained support to the next generation of players. We will be providing the opportunity via our Minis, Youth and Academy sections for new players to join a pathway leading to senior rugby either in the Men’s Championship or the Women’s Super Rugby Competition and to become part of Richmond’s ‘A Club for Life’ philosophy. We want to make a positive impact on the lives of youngsters across the county as well as continue to provide enjoyable school holiday/half-term camps and match day experiences.”
Matt Price, Managing Director of Sports In Schools Ltd added: “A community department is now a major part of a rugby club’s operational activity and with Richmond Rugby being a major force in south-west London and being well known as a great community club, it makes complete sense for us to get involved. We have been working with Peter and Steve for a number of months as to how we can assist them with their community outreach and we believe a community rugby department based on our structure is the perfect way forward. The Sports In Schools team will work closely with the club in finding the right Head of Community to take Richmond Rugby Community forward. It’s exciting times all round and Sports In Schools is delighted to be a part of it.”