NOTTINGHAM Rugby has teamed up with one of the Midland’s best exporters to deliver coaching programmes further and wider than ever before.
Hall-Fast, the industrial supplies company that was recently honoured as the Midlands Exporter of the Year, has struck a new partnership with the Green and Whites’ community department to deliver coaching into North Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham Rugby community department manager Steve Smith is proud to join forces with Hall-Fast, running programmes with junior clubs in the area and in primary and secondary schools.
Among the clubs to potentially benefit from the Hall-Fast and Nottingham Rugby’s Development Project will be Mansfield, Ollerton, Ashfield, East Retford, Southwell, Worksop, Chesterfield and Newark.
With community coach and Worksop resident Josh Salathial delivering the initiative, the program will have a truly local feel.
Nottingham’s first team stars will also be enlisted as guest coaches, to help tap into a hotbed of talent that has produced Under-20 England Counties fly-half James Stokes (Mansfield), former young England international Tom Calladine and former Newark and Green and Whites back Greig Tonks who has since gone on to star for Northampton and sign for Edinburgh.
The program will kick-off during the June half-term, and will quickly be rolled out into schools in the area and plug directly into club pathway project.
“By working with Hall-Fast, a booming local business in the region that is keen to deliver something special to the community that it works in, we have teamed up with one of the best,” Smith said.
“It’s a hugely exciting program for us because it’s a project that works outside our immediate catchment area.
“But with Hall-Fast managing director Malcolm Hall’s enthusiasm and local knowhow and Josh’s eagerness to work where he has grown up playing the game makes it’s a special initiative for all involved.
“We will deliver a variety of programmes to support the development of schools rugby their involvement in competition and improve their links to local clubs and opportunities for young people to participate in the game.”