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Colleges development

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At the RFU, the Education Development Team understands that every college is different. Therefore, our dedicated colleges development function aims to provide colleges with bespoke solutions tailored for their needs in order to increase participation in rugby union.

These solutions aim to break down the barriers to participation, develop more flexible opportunities for students to get involved with rugby and to build relationships between colleges and local rugby clubs. Our Local Delivery Team of Rugby Development Officers and professional Community Rugby Coaches can provide colleges with support, resources and training to help deliver these programmes and increase participation.

O2 Touch is an inclusive sport for boys, girls, men and women to play no matter what their age, experience or ability. It is a non-contact form of rugby, which means there is no tackling and no scrums or line-outs. O2 Touch can be played anywhere and anytime for fun, fitness or friends.

The Rugby Union Level 1 Rugby Leaders award is designed to be delivered by college staff to their students. This award will equip your students with the skills and knowledge to lead and support touch rugby sessions within the college and local community.

Competitions in partnership with British College Sport

British College Sport (BCS) is a membership organisation representing the sporting interests of students and Further Education Colleges across the whole of the UK. They administer a number of competitions for rugby union, these include;

Leagues (15-a-side)

  • Elite Men
  • Performance Men
  • Participation Men

Cups (15-a-side)

  • Men’s Elite Cup
  • Men’s Non-Elite Cup
  • Womens Non-Elite Cup

Championship (seven-a-side)

BCS runs a Regional to National championship, which is a series of regional tournaments the winners of which then progress to represent their region at the National finals.

  • Mens College teams
  • Womens Regional team

Who’s who

RFU Colleges Development Manager Hamish Morton

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Colleges Development Manager – Hamish Morton 
Mobile: 07809 199943

After six years as a Rugby Development Officer in Dorset and Wiltshire, Hamish joined the Education Development Team in October 2012 as Colleges Development Manager. Aiming to provide focus and momentum for rugby development in the colleges sector, Hamish’s role is to trial, test and develop solutions in order for colleges to provide sustainable participation opportunities for students in rugby union. 

Education Development Assistant – TBC 
Office: 020 8831 7882
Mobile: 07730 749511


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