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 2) up to 18.   Before you can start working on your rugby coaching qualification, The RFU require that you do an IRB Start Coaching Rugby Ready course. The course only lasts about three hours, it’s all practical based, and there are no formal exams or coursework.  

We will also need to complete a DBS check which is simply a case of  providing us with a several forms such as passport, utility bill etc., and we will do the rest.  Tewkesbury Tigers will ensure all our coaches have a DBS check and clearance to work with our children. We also encourage our coaches to attend Continual Professional Development courses to extend their knowledge and skill base.


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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