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Nottingham college benefits from RFU links

19 November 2013

  • Historic first match for Central College
  • Coach Marshall praises players

Central College Nottingham are reaping the benefits of coaching initiatives from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) having fielded their first-ever 15-a-side team in a competitive match.

Calvin Beech, one of the RFU’s Community Rugby Coaches, has worked closely with the college since the start of the season to provide leadership and coaching initiatives, which culminated in the historic first fixture against Moulton College from Northampton in the British Colleges Sport Cup.

“The college have been supported this year by the RFU’s commitment to grow the number of participants from 16 to 24 years of age and a focus on broadening our work in colleges,” said Andrew Highton, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Nottinghamshire.

“Central College Nottingham are a key focus of this work with significant investment of time and resources to grow the game.

“Calvin has been tasked with supporting the great work by the team at Central College by engaging new people to the sport through pitch-up-and-play opportunities, young leaders courses and competition in British Colleges Sport.

“Further initiatives to ensure our support is sustainable is currently taking place by offering students at the college the opportunity to attend foundation courses and use these new skills in the community.

“As a return for rugby in the community the work that John Widdowson, the college’s Sport Academy manager, and his team have carried out has been fantastic, they’ve engaged in local clubs on Sunday mornings, raising the profile of rugby at the college and retaining those players in their club environments. “

Central College were beaten 17-5 by Moulton but coach Dave Marshall was full of praise for his side.

“It was a fantastic occasion as the players really stepped up to the challenge and competed with a full squad, and in doing so created an historic moment for the college rugby programme,” Marshall said.