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QBE launch Coaching Club with pledge for 2,015 new coaches

11 December 2012

  • Be part of new QBE Coaching Club and become a level two coach
  • Partnership will see 2,015 level two coaches by September 2015
England Women's scrum half and RFU Community Rugby Coach La Toya Mason at the launch of the QBE Coaching Club

Photo: RFU Archive

QBE, the business insurance specialist, and the Rugby Football Union have launched the QBE Coaching Club at Twickenham Stadium. This partnership will see 2,015 new level two rugby coaches recruited and trained by September 2015.

England Assistant Coach Graham Rowntree, RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger, La Toya Mason England scrum half and RFU Community Rugby Coach, England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street and QBE ambassador and Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea were among a panel of rugby coaches at the iconic stadium to promote the programme.

QBE will be working with the RFU and its coach educators to train the 2,015 new level 2 coaches, providing a consistent approach across the QBE Coaching Club. This will provide a new valuable resource for the 2,000 clubs across the country.

The QBE Coaching Club forms an integral part of the wider QBE Coaching Programme which aims to improve the quality of coaching in England and bring best practice coaching to grassroots rugby.

England Forwards Coach Graham Rowntree at the launch of the QBE Coaching Club

Photo: RFU Archive

Grainger said: “Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in developing, sustaining and increasing participation in our sport. Having QBE’s support will help us to invest in community rugby now to improve the quality and quantity of coaches by 2015. We want to use the opportunity of a home Rugby World Cup to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game.”

O’Shea added. “Increased investment in grassroots coaching benefits all areas of the game and plays a key role in developing the sport all the way up to the professional level. I am delighted to be involved in such an important project with QBE.”

Richard Pryce, Deputy Chief Executive Office of QBE European Operations, said: “The launch of the QBE Coaching Club reaffirms QBE’s commitment to supporting rugby at all levels. We are delighted to get behind such a worthwhile initiative.”

More information on the QBE Coaching Club and details on how to get involved in the scheme are available on


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