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Players to embark on RFU Coaching Award course

Bristol Rugby’s players are embarking on a new phase of learning, by undertaking the new RFU Coaching Award course.

The programme – which replaces the previous Level 2 qualification – combines learning and practical studies over 24 hours and is overseen by RFU coach trainer Nevil Jeffery and Academy Development Manager Gary Townsend, who is also an RFU trainer and coach educator.

“Our first practical session is at Queen Elizabeth Hospital School on Thursday afternoon,” Townsend explained.

“It’ll be an interesting afternoon as the guys will be coaching tackle and scrum - which will be a fascinating experience for some of those guys who play in the backs!

“This course offers a real opportunity to strengthen our connection with our local community through working with schools, offering the students extra coaching and having them meet the players.

“In addition, the guys learn coaching skills which will serve not only serve them well as players, but also offers a kick-start for a potential future career.

"We’re really grateful to QEH for lending their facilities and boys and very much look forward to working with them.”