COMMUNITY Group is pleased to welcome Chris Brannigan as our new Midlands & North Area Manager and Head of Community at Bournville RFC.

The 36-year-old joins our company with 25 years of rugby experience in playing, officiating, coaching and management roles.

Chris, who is originally from Blackpool, started coaching and delivering locally in the North West for the RFU in 2011. He went on to take several regional projects over the following three years, varying from coaching university and county teams to delivering accredited courses to learners.

The former Fylde Rugby, Fleetwood RUFC and Thornton Cleveleys RUFC player then moved to the Isle of Man in 2015, working as a Rugby Development Officer and Head of Performance.

The role developed into a Director of Rugby Operations, which included managing the Isle of Man National Sevens Programme. Chris also built a performance pathway route with Sale Sharks for the junior players, resulting in more than a dozen boys joining the Premiership club’s Academy and some representing England.

Chris Brannigan, Midlands & North Area Manager and Head of Community at Bournville RFC, said: “I am delighted to be joining Community Group and helping continue to develop and grow both the company and its partners. I have been thoroughly impressed with all the guys I have met with, along with the work they are doing to build sustainable futures for local communities and partner clubs. I feel my ambition and passion are matched by both Community Group and Bournville RFC, and I am looking forward to the opportunities that lay ahead.”

Community Group Managing Director, Simon Price, added: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to Community Group, his knowledge of community engagement and desire to help grow our offering matches ours. I am in no doubt Chris will be integral to Community Group and drive additional value to all of our clients. Welcome to the team!”

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