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Affiliate Programme

BATH RUGBY AFFILIATE PROGRAMME

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.

Who has signed up?

Current clubs signed up to the Bath Rugby Affiliate Programme are:

  • Avonvale RFC
  • Bath RFC
  • Bath Saracens RFC
  • Bath Uni RFC
  • Bournemouth RFC
  • Bridport RFC
  • Castle Cary RFC
  • Chard RFC
  • Chew Valley RFC
  • Chippenham RFC
  • Christchurch RFC
  • Colerne RFC
  • Coombe Down RFC
  • Corsham RFC
  • Crewkerne RFC
  • Cricklade RFC
  • Devizes RFC
  • Dorchester RFC
  • Frome RFC
  • Keynsham RFC
  • Marlborough RFC
  • Melksham RFC
  • Midsomer Norton RFC
  • North Dorset RFC
  • North Petherton RFC
  • Old Sulians RFC
  • Oakmeadians RFC
  • Oldfield RFC
  • Pewsey Vale RFC
  • Royal Wootton Bassett RFC
  • Salisbury RFC
  • Somerton RFC
  • Stothert and Pitt RFC
  • Supermarine RFC
  • Sutton Benger RFC
  • Swanage and Wareham RFC
  • Torr RFC
  • Trowbridge RFC
  • Wells RFC
  • Westbury RFC
  • Weymouth and Portland RFC
  • Wimborne RFC

HOW ARE WE PROVIDING VALUE?

  • Coach development resources
  • Internal and external CPD events looking at session design and coaching approaches 
  • Skill related workshops
  • Mentor and upskill coaches throughout the season, aligned to the Bath Rugby DNA and pathway objectives
  • Management of online platform (Spond) with designated co-ordinators engaging with coaches from each region (Somerset, Wiltshire or Dorset)
  • Club visits
  • Raising awareness of club tournaments and participation opportunities
  • Offer session support and coaching advice
  • Bring clubs together to discuss and challenge each other over certain topics from the game

GIRLS' PARTICIPATION HUBS

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:

  • Royal Wootton Bassett RFC - Sunday 29 January
  • Wells RFC - Sunday 26 February

FIND OUR MORE HERE

IF YOU ARE NOT AN AFFILIATE CLUB AND WANT TO BE, GET IN TOUCH HERE

"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

MEET THE GRASSROOTS TEAM