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Nottingham Rugby has a long and proud tradition dating back to 1877, with the club playing from “The Bay” which is in the heart of Rushcliffe close to the vibrant and growing City of Nottingham.  Nottingham has an amazing sporting heritage, with The City Ground (Nottingham Forest) and Trent Bridge (Notts County Cricket Club) located close by and an increasingly popular City nightlife on your doorstep. 

Nottingham is centrally located in the East Midlands Region with good transport networks, which offers access into one of the biggest job markets in the Country with easy commuting access from Leicester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Stoke and Coventry.

The City has two large Universities, with Loughborough University close by, providing a wealth of courses for people wanting to study a wide variety of courses whilst also playing rugby at Championship level.

Nottingham Rugby prides itself on being an important part of the local rugby community and works with a wide number of clubs and schools to support the growth of the game.  Players who join Nottingham will be able to develop their career whilst also playing high level Rugby Union.


The Nottingham Rugby Learn • Train • Play Scheme is designed to:

  1. Allow Championship and Premiership level players the opportunity to continue to play in the second tier of English rugby whilst also pursuing a career path that will set them up for life beyond rugby.
  2. Maintain the club’s proud tradition of giving talented young players a pathway into professional rugby whilst also setting them up with a higher education qualification or providing a great opportunity to develop invaluable experience for life after rugby.

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Educational Opportunities

We work with various educational providers to support talented young players to play at Championship level where appropriate.  A wide variety of courses and apprenticeships are available through the following links:

Nottingham Trent University

University of Nottingham

Nottingham College

Bilborough College

Lincoln College


If you would like to be involved in the Nottingham Rugby Learn • Train • Play scheme, or just hear more about what the club’s playing offer is then please contact us on

Nottingham Rugby needs to stress that we cannot guarantee finding someone a job or an educational course, but through our network we can provide the support and contacts to help with your search.