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Tunbridge Wells spread rugby word with school ambassadors

09 October 2012

  • Young players to provide link between club and 30 schools
  • Coaching assistance and information on playing the game
Tunbridge Wells RFC and their 'club ambassadors'

Photo: RFU Archive

Tunbridge Wells RFC are proud to announce the launch of an innovative and exciting initiative in which their young players will act as ambassadors for the club and the game of rugby in local primary and secondary schools.

The club has young players at 30 local schools, and these ambassadors will act as the focal point for anyone at the school who is interested in trying rugby for the first time or perhaps is new to living in the area. 

The ambassadors will be a crucial conduit between club and school, sharing ideas for the mutual benefit of both, and identify areas where Tunbridge Wells RFC can offer assistance to schools such offering additional rugby coaching and ideas. 

This should help the overall progress of young players by providing a link between their development in rugby at school and at the club, and the scheme is supported by Andy Pratt, the RFU’s rugby development officer for Kent (Rural).

Andy Child, Youth Chairman for Tunbridge Wells RFC, described the contribution by the young ambassadors as a “fantastic opportunity” and explained: “We wanted to look at ways we could work closer with the schools.

“We have a fantastic group of players at the club and when you see their passion for their team and for rugby it is not difficult to see why we think they are the best advocates for the sport.

“In speaking to our players, coaches, the schools and the RFU they all have been incredibly enthusiastic about the scheme with some really positive ideas already coming through. We have had our first meetings with those chosen to be ambassadors this week and their immediate thoughts and suggestions are very encouraging.

“This is an exciting prospect and I have every belief that the idea will be fully embraced by local schools and will grow as the Ambassadors find their feet in their new roles and start to share ideas with each other.”

Andy Pratt from the RFU said: “The RFU are always looking at ways to improve links between schools and local clubs, to retain existing players and encourage new ones into the game.

“This is a great idea and I think Tunbridge Wells have hit on a scheme that will benefit the wider community – and the players and pupils will be the ones leading the way.”

The scheme has been running for two weeks, and already some schools are making suggestions of how the club may help them with their rugby, including assistance with coaching.

The plan is for the club to have a catch-up meeting with all the ambassadors at the end of October for feedback and comments. 

Tunbridge Wells RFC Ambassadors

Primary Schools

Rose Hill, Yardley Court, The Mead, St Johns, St James', St Thomas, St Ronan's, St Peters, St Matthews, St Mary's, St Augustines, Speldhurst, Pembury, Langton Green, Holmewood House, Frant, Claremont, Chiddingstone, Brenchley and Matfield, Beechwood Sacred Heart.

Secondary Schools

Judd, Worth, Uplands, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Skinners, St Gregory's, Eastbourne College, Bethany, Bennett Memorial, Beechwood Sacred Heart.

For more information about the scheme, please contact Andy Child andy.j.child@gmail.com or Andy Pratt andypratt@rfu.com 07738 648784.