Welcome to the Nottingham Community Rugby
The pages in this section will give you an insight into the
range of programmes currently offered through the Community
The recent appointment of Steve Smith to the club as Community
Manager brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the post. As
Nottingham Rugby's first XV team manager, Smith is plugged into
every level of the Green and Whites.
Having worked in education for the past six years, and before
that holding the post as Nottinghamshire's Rugby Development
Officer, Smith brings a unique grounding and array of knowledge to
The Nottingham Community Rugby team
drives a host or projects and aims to deliver an array of projects
and courses to support the growth of local rugby. We aim to deliver
high quality programmes in the Nottingham Rugby "catchment area"
which have proved to be a highly effective way of delivering
educational and health messages to young people. The
community department also takes its teachings to several colleges,
independent schools and universities in the East Midlands and is
involved with several community health initiatives.
The team focuses on developing
effective partnerships within the community, forging links with
local authorities, schools, sports clubs, local businesses,
charities and other like minded organisations that in turn help to
fund our work.
Nottingham Community Rugby is plugged into its local player base
at a variety of levels, ranging from grass roots, five year-old
ruggers, to semi-professional outfits in the East Midland's
What makes the Nottingham Community Department special is that we
have regular access and visits from Green and White senior players
throughout the year. Back rower Phil Eggleshaw is one player who
has committed to the program, having taken the pathway to the Green
and Whites though the programmes himself. Eggleshaw was identified
in the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire (NLD) system as
a teenager while starring for Arnold-based club Paviors before
going on to earn his place in the Championship side through the
Nottingham Rugby Academy.
The small but hard working department also relies on the efforts
of young tyros, Sam Bignall and Josh Salathiel. Both completed
their apprenticeships at SR Education and are now working towards
their Level 3 BTEC in sports leadership with South Notts College
while also furthering their coaching credentials through the RFU's
Level 2 program. Academy player Elliot Gwynne is also working as a
part-time community coach.
For further information about the work of Nottingham Rugby
Community Department, or if you would like to discuss partnership
opportunities with us please contact Steve Smith on 07809 705418 or