COMMUNITY Group is continuing to support the growth of provision at our Partner Clubs and is delighted to welcome five new members of staff.

Mitch McGahan and Sam Verralls join the company as Rugby Development Managers at Bournville RFC, with Max Craven a Community Rugby Coach.

Amelia Bullock and Ben Turner are now part of the team at Fylde Rugby Community Foundation, taking on the roles of Rugby Development Manager and Community Rugby Coach respectively.

Our Rugby Development Managers are responsible for leading and managing rugby and multi-sport camps in their localities, with our Community Rugby Coaches delivering high-quality sessions.

More than 5,300 people benefited from our Community Group-powered programmes at clubs and in local schools last year and we want to continue to build our partnerships with our Partners.

Bournville RFC

Mitch, an ex-academy player for the Blues and Auckland Rugby in New Zealand, has held various coaching roles with Oviedo RC, Eemland RC, University of Birmingham, Worcester Warriors, North Midlands U20 and the Wasps ACE Programme. He will combine his role alongside being Senior Head Coach at Bournville RFC.

He said: “I’m very excited to start my role with Community Group as a Rugby Development Manager with Bournville. The club is looking to establish itself as a main stay in the National Leagues and my role with Community Group to establish the academy programme and player development pathways at the club is an exciting one, as well as continuing the outstanding success we have had with our multi-sport and rugby camps.”

Sam joins the company with more than nine years’ worth of experience in various rugby and community sport roles, including full-time positions at Worcester Warriors and Wasps Rugby.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining Community Group and the fantastic team at Bournville RFC. Having seen Community Group’s wonderful work nationally and the importance Bournville RFC place on enriching young people’s lives in the local community, hopefully I can bring my wealth of experience to build on the terrific programmes and support already on offer. I’m thrilled to be on board.

Max, who also plays for Bournville, joins Community Group with experience of coaching in schools while with Canterbury RFC.

He said: “I am both excited and eager to get started with Community Group as coaching all ages and levels of ability has always been a strong passion of mine.”

Fylde Rugby Community Foundation

Amelia first started playing rugby at the age of 15 and represented Lancashire at the Turnoi Des Capitales 7s Tournament in Paris. She studied Sport and Exercise Science at Craven College before working as a CBRE coach in Blackburn on behalf of the RFU, at Kids Unite Coaching and as a Community Rugby Coach for Colne and Nelson RUFC.

She said: “I’m really excited to be working alongside Community Group and Fylde Rugby Community Foundation, making rugby accessible for all girls and women across the Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool area. I cannot wait to get started and start increasing my skill set and knowledge.”

Ben, a Sport and Social Science graduate from Bath University, first took up rugby at the age of 6 at Bolton RUFC, going on to represent Lancashire.

He added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Community Group and Fylde Rugby Community Foundation to create an equal playing opportunity for anyone and everyone. I look forward to continuing to uphold the outstanding reputation the Foundation holds, and to develop my skills along the way.”

Community Group Founder, Matt Price added: “We are delighted to welcome Mitch, Sam, Max, Amelia and Ben into our departments at our respective partner clubs Bournville RFC and Fylde Rugby Community Foundation. This highlights the growth in engagement in both departments and I’m sure they are all going to add to the game of rugby and sport in general in their areas. This also demonstrates that Community Group is delivering for our partner clubs.”