Warlingham RFC celebrate launch of new rugby apprenticeship scheme
1:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in Sport
Warlingham RFC are embarking on a Rugby Apprenticeship Scheme in conjunction with the Rugby Football Union.
In order to raise funds to launch the scheme, more then 300 members and guests attended a black tie Ball at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Chelsea Harbour.
As well as club members, the event was supported by the president of Surrey RFU, Keith Heal, former Warlingham junior player, and England captain, Chris Robshaw, as well as ladies star Kay Wilson.
The community initiative will be launched through Warlingham and the club will be training young coaches to visit local primary and secondary schools to coach and promote rugby.
Warlingham youth chairman Frank Wright has already opened lines of communication with several local schools and the club has also trained more than 30 young teenagers (both boys and girls) from Surrey in coaching as part of the RFU junior leaders scheme.
As a result, four of the junior members have been already been invited by the RFU to act as rugby ambassadors for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.
The full time coaching apprentice, held over a three-year period, will achieve numerous coaching awards as well as first aid and general business administration and will emerge with a BTEC level award.
Frank Wright said: "We are a totally committed community rugby club and the ball was a great success, demonstrating how much support and enthusiasm there is for the project."
Warlingham's new London Division II South East league programme commences on September 14 at home against newly promoted Maidstone.
It coincides with a club open day so fans can see how much the club is becoming involved in the community.
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