Join our Coaching Team

What’s involved ?

There are 5 great reasons why the position of a rugby coach is so incredibly important to the health of the game. You might be a parent whose child loves rugby, or a former player or even a current player who wants to give something back. Before you start we would encourage you to think about the age group you would like to coach.   Our children start playing rugby from the age of 6 (year 1) up to 18.  Also think about the commitment you can give in respect of time.  U6 to U10 train on a Sunday morning between 10.30 and 12.00 and of course there are away matches to attend.   U11 and above also train mid-week usually between 6pm – 7pm.  Ideally there would be a minimum of 2 coaches plus a team manager.  

Fixtures are organised by our Fixtures team. 

Our Intention

All players have their rugby journey supported by coaches and referees who are player-centred and skilled in the holistic development of young people.

The coaches and referees are competent and confident in key coaching processes, rugby specific knowledge and the application of RFU regulations. They put the welfare, as well as the wants and needs of young players, first.

Required Practice

1. DBS coaches MUST have an RFU Enhanced DBS
It is mandatory that every Age Grade coach meets the Required Practice.

Standard Practice

1. Is DBS approved
2. Has completed the HEADCASE Concussion Awareness Training Module
3. Is committed to following the Codes of Practice
4. Has completed England Rugby Coaching Award and/ or England Rugby Referee Award
5. Has completed the Introduction to Safeguarding course.

The RFU recommends that contact rugby should only be introduced and refereed under the supervision of RFU coaches and referees who have achieved standard practice.

Best Practice and support

All those who work as a coach or referee should be qualified, up to date with current methods, confident in their knowledge of the rules and have completed safeguarding and first aid training. They can then best meet the needs of all players.

To support our coaches in their coaching journey we encourage all our coaches to take part in the many courses that the RFU have available.  Costs will be reimbursed by the club.

New coaches will work with a mentor to develop their skill base.  Coaches will also receive a pre-season pack outlining key targets for their players for the coming season so they are better placed to identify any additional training they may need to deliver those targets.


Reason 1

You stay involved with the game you love, the friendships the fun, and the banter


Reason 2

You feel good, knowing that you are putting something back.


Reason 3

You stay fit – mentally and physically


Reason 4

You develop your skills both professionally and personally.


Reason 5

You inspire the next generation of players.

Having recently retired from playing rugby, and my son wanted to start playing, I thought now would be the ideal opportunity to see whether coaching was for me and look at getting more involved with my local club. Taking my son down to Tewkesbury RFC for his first session, I found the club to have a great atmosphere and was happy to hear he loved every minute of it, which only wanted me to get involved more.
I was offered great support by the club, from Sarah and Mervyn in particular, who chatted to me about what’s involved, the courses available and the next steps to begin what I hope will become a successful coaching journey. Hopefully, I can teach the youngsters to not only help improve their basic rugby skills but more importantly enjoy playing rugby as much as I did, which I’m fully looking forward to being part of.
For anyone contemplating whether coaching or getting involved is for them, get in touch with the club to put your mind at ease, and for any parents with kids in Year 2 wanting to learn some new skills, make new friends and most importantly have fun on the weekend, then come and join Tewkesbury Tigers on Sunday mornings!


Calvin May

Coach, Tewkesbury Tigers

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