The annual awards celebrate oustanding success in community and high performance coaching over the last year. England Rugby were named winners alongside British Weightlifting. The judges commended England Rugby’s work across four key areas in coaching:

• The introduction of the new England Rugby Coaching Award with a focus on developing skills
• Incorporating the CARDS principles into coaching at all levels
• Developing the Game Changers digital coaching strategy
• Progressing Keep Your Boots On to encourage people to stay in the game

In September this year England Rugby hosted its first ever Game Changers Facebook live which saw head coach Eddie Jones lead a group of students through a 30 minute coaching session while providing his expert insight.

“We’re delighted to have won the award which I think is recognition of where we are in a journey that has been ongoing for the last 15 years,” said the RFU’s coach development manager, Nick Scott.

“We have moved from focusing on coaching just the technical and tactical aspects of rugby to coaching the person with a focus on enjoyment and development.

“I’m really pleased with how far we’ve come, we still have improvements to make but this award is testament to the hard work of our community coaches across the country who are helping to grow the game,” added Scott.