Bournemouth Rugby recently announced that they have gone into partnership with Worthing College to run an apprenticeship scheme.

The aim of the scheme is to raise Bournemouth Rugby awareness within the town and surrounding area and provide invaluable community coaching, exercise for the towns youth, provision for organised schools sport and educational support.

The Apprentice scheme is to afford local 16-18 year olds the opportunity to participate in work based learning in sports. Bournemouth Rugby are pioneering the scheme with an overall mission of maximising rugby exposure to all children in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the surrounding areas.

The apprentices will be coaching in schools daily, presenting in assemblies, organising and delivering schools tournaments and promoting Bournemouth Rugby including its partners and promotions.

To deliver this ambitious but realistic work load,
Rippa Rugby have come on board as a Community Partner to support our apprentices with the delivery in schools. Stuart Gallacher from Rippa Rugby commented “Working in partnership with Bournemouth Rugby we can enable rugby to grow locally within Dorset schools and raise awareness within the county.”

The apprentices will also be involved in the day-to-day running of Bournemouth Rugby learning to be Analysts for the senior teams, coaching the huge Youth section on Sunday mornings and learning the marketing aspects of the business. They will also have mentors within the club structure to develop their coaching, business and communication skills.

Bournemouth Rugby are proud to produce two exceptional applicants to the Bournemouth Rugby workforce, especially as they have come through the age groups to now be ambassadors for Bournemouth Rugby in their new apprentice roles.

We welcome Conrad and Scott as our Community Rugby Coaches. Scott Curtis and Conrad Carkeet the first two signed up for the scheme in Dorset commented “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to be seen as developing coaches and gain a qualification at the same time”

Richard Hicks Work based learning partner at Worthing College attended the launch and explained “This scheme is an excellent way for youngsters to develop work based skills and gain a recognised qualification”

Bournemouth Rugby Football Club:
Bournemouth RFC has carried the Bournemouth name since 1893 and became part of the Bournemouth Sports Club for the 1938/1939 season but retaining the same name. In those days Bournemouth played at Kinson Park in Northbourne but moved to Chapel Gate in the Autumn of 1989. Today nearly all rugby is played within a league structure and Bournemouth play in National 3 South West which is level 5 within the so called English Clubs RU Championship.
Bournemouth have bucked the recent trend and now field four senior sides, the other three also playing in the league; the seconds (Nomads) play in Dorset & Wilts 1 South (level 8), the thirds (Wanderers) in D&W2S and the fourths (Bedouins) in D&W3S. In addition to the seniors, Bournemouth have a strong Youth Section with sides ranging from Under 6s all the way up to Colts (U18s) giving everyone the opportunity to learn the game and hopefully move on to representing Bournemouth in later years. Highlight of the season is the Bournemouth Youth & Mini Tournament in April which has grown to be one of the largest in the country and over the past two or three seasons has expanded to both days of the weekend to accommodate the demand.

Press Contact Carlie O’Neill PR and Marketing Director 07525 752471

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