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Community Rugby Coaches

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Sponsored by SSE (Scottish Southern Electric), the Community Rugby Coach (CRC) is the local face of rugby union.  Working under the strategic direction of an RFU Rugby Development Officer (RDO), these qualified coaches, trained in LTAD, Multiskills and the national curriculum deliver high-quality coaching to over one million participants per season.

The CRC is also a key deliverer to help the sustainability of the game, leading courses for young leaders and foundation level coaches. The Rugby Union Whole Sport Plan Funding from Sport England contributes to this programme, to which many other valuable key partners, add their support to get CRCs on the ground. 

The roll out of the CRC Team is part of the RFU’s drive to provide the best and most available service possible to grass roots rugby union. The CRC Team has been put in place by Regional Development Manager (RDMs) and RDOs working strategically with partners in organisations such as clubs, county sports partnerships, local authorities, county rugby unions and school sport partnerships. Please contact your local RDO for details on the CRC programme in your area.

SSE - Official Sponsor of RFU Community Rugby Coaches

SSE Community Rugby Coaches

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Leading energy company, SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), was named as an Official Community Partner of the Rugby Football Union in July 2011. The three year partnership will see SSE invest significantly to support community rugby in England, demonstrating a real focus on providing tangible rewards for the rugby communities in which they operate.

A cornerstone of the partnership is SSE’s role in supporting the funding of the RFU’s Community Rugby Coaches (CRCs).

SSE recognises the CRC programme as a vital development route for the grassroots game and is delighted to support such an integral relationship for the growth of the sport.

Stephen Forbes, Director of Sales, Marketing and Energy Services for SSE said: "SSE is a growing brand, known better to many of our English customers as Southern Electric, and our primary focus is on delivering the best possible service for our customers – in short, making their lives easier in any way we can. Our partnership with the RFU will help us do this for rugby clubs and their surrounding communities all over the UK – with a particular focus on the areas we serve and provide for. We’re excited about our forthcoming plans that will bring this to bear."

Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director for the RFU, commented: “We’re delighted to see SSE join the RFU family. The success of rugby in England depends on the longevity of success at the community level to support growth through to the elite game. With SSE helping to develop our invaluable CRC programme, club rugby in England has received a further boost.”