The Affiliate Programme is a partnership initiative built to support the needs of our 61 grassroots clubs that sit within our catchment area - Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. The programme was launched off the back of a research project that was conducted during the pandemic, with a hope to establish how Bath Rugby can support the wider rugby community. Based on the feedback received, a grassroots coach education platform was created to leverage the expertise and resources throughout Bath Rugby and provide additional value to thousands of volunteer coaches, delivering junior and senior rugby.
Current clubs signed up to the Bath Rugby Affiliate Programme are:
Following the success of our previous hubs at Bath RFC, Yeovil RFC, Chard RFC and Chew Valley RFC, we are delighted to announce several new Girls' Participation Hubs for the season!
Our upcoming Girls' Participation Hubs:
"The Affiliate Programme is Bath Rugby's attempt to connect the Grassroots community and support each club with valuable opportunities to develop. Whether a player, coach, manager or parent, this initiative has been designed to support the wider community. Building sustainable links with the community and helping facilitate development will help grow the game." - Tom Page, Grassroots Club Manager and Coach Educator
"We chose to become coaches because of our love for the game, and through that it is down to us to make a difference and provide the best experience we can within our teams." - Johann van Graan, Head of Rugby