Two new coaches are bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm to Biggleswade Rugby Club’s thriving minis and youth section - and both of them are just 17 years old.

Iwan Jones is working with the U11s side, and Katie Smith is coaching the U6s (the club’s youngest players). Both are part of our growing team of more than 30 coaches who give up their time voluntarily to teach boys and girls at the club the core skills and values of rugby.

Iwan, from Henlow, a pupil at Samuel Whitbread, has played in Biggleswade minis and youths sides for eight years, from U10s up to the current Colts team. He’s keen on his new coaching role, explaining: “Coaching is part of the Double Sports qualification I’m studying, and choosing to do it at Biggleswade is a great way of helping the club and giving something back.”

Katie, from Clifton, who has four years experience playing girls’ rugby, is currently doing a Level 3 Btec in Sport at Bedford College, and wants to become a PE teacher specialising in rugby. She said: “I love seeing the players improve each week, gain confidence, and come out of their shells.”

“We’re delighted to have Katie and Iwan join our coaching team - they’re both very passionate about the game and and they’re already proving very popular with our young players,” said the clubs Vice Chair, Teri Taylor.

“The season has just started for the minis and youth teams, and we’ve been working very hard to make sure that the return to rugby complies with all the Government and RFU regulations,” she added.

“Currently, only non-contact play is allowed, and there are strict guidelines about handwashing, cleaning equipment, social distancing, and track and trace systems. Our coaches have had to adapt their training drills and gameplay, and they’re doing a great job making sure everyone is safe, learning lots, and having fun.”

- Minis and Youth players train at Biggleswade Rugby Club's Langford Road ground on Sunday mornings (with some older sides also training on Wednesday evenings). To find out more please contact minis@biggleswaderugby.co.uk.

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