STUDENTS in the Stourbridge Rugby Academy received a special surprise when their kit was hand-delivered to their doorsteps.

In partnership with Sandwell College, the Community Group Partner Club deliver an education programme designed to offer aspiring young rugby players the chance to make a career in rugby and sport.

The Rugby Academy delivers a BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A-Levels), with each student coached and taught by current Stourbridge First XV players.

Under the lockdown regulations, the students, who are aged between 16-19, are currently studying at home and unable to play rugby.

The pandemic also delayed when they would receive their kit and it was therefore hand-delivered to their doorsteps instead.
Chad Thorne – Community Group’s Head of Community at Stourbridge Rugby – and Dan Rundle – Sports Lecturer at Sandwell College – visited the students in person.

Chad said: “Normally the students would come and collect their kit, but obviously times are a little different. They are all needing support throughout this period as they’re at an age when they should be out and socialising more.

“So, we thought let’s get the kits packaged up in their rucksacks, visit them, and ask them to do a little video interview on their doorsteps.

“I think they appreciated seeing myself and Dan again and I know they loved receiving their kit bundle. It is also important to reassure them all that we are here for them throughout this period.”

If you would like to know more about the course and are interested in joining in September 2021, please get in touch with Dan Rundle by email at

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