Welcome to Richmond Rugby's Community Department

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Having been formed in July 2017, the community team is has gone from strength to strength by undertaking a range of rugby projects throughout the area. We have forged a new partnership with Richmond Upon Thames College, overseeing their rugby academy as well as assisting with after school rugby sessions at Orleans Park School.

The main aim of the department is to support grassroots development, encouraging young people to play and enjoy the game as well as assisting schools or clubs with learning and key values. This is achieved through rugby camps, coaching in schools and coach development​.

Community Rugby is run by Dominic Palacio who has previously worked for Harlequins FC and Saracens. For any enquires or information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here are some of the services we offer to schools:

  • Breakfast Clubs: 'Wake Up' games using hand eye co-ordination games to prepare children for learning straight away!
  • Lunchtime Clubs: Oversee and manage all games on the playground - especially boys football but also games for other children to play in a safe environment
  • After School Clubs: Any sport that you would like to run after school. We sign the children in and then sign them out at agreed checkpoint in school only when we can see and we know who they are going home with Specialised Rugby Coaching: More in depth coaching focusing on team and individual skills and tactics. More suited for teams in year/class groups. Involves specific areas and is solely for Rugby Union
  • Lesson Support: Covering 2 lessons for PE while the teacher has their PPA time. We also upskill teacher and work with them during this time if you wish. A LTP will be agreed beforehand with planning attached.
  • Reading & Rugby: Children will read in small groups or individually with the coach for the first lesson and then play tag rugby games for the second lesson. This is perfect for children that might not get to read to a male at home or even have a male role model in their lives. Also perfect for behavioural children. The tag rugby lesson then links the reading in to games.
  • Check out the link to the Richmond Rugby Community Fund - CLICK HERE
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Community Coaches

We have several Community Coaches working for the club.

All Coaches are RFU qualified as well as having up to and including 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)/RFU Level 1/RFU Level 2/Safeguarding Child Protection/First Aid Training.

Our aim, as a community provider. is to deliver quality provision to schools and organisations children and young adults deserve to receive this and we are more than happy to provide it through fun, happy learning environments.

Review how it works and watch a brief video - Click here