Jon Phillips Appointed as Head Rugby Coach at Tresham CollegeTresham College (part of The Bedford College Group) is delighted to announce that former Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues player Jon Phillips is joining as Head Rugby Coach to take charge of the Rugby Academy programme and player development at its Kettering campus.Jon brings a wealth of experience to the role, having played professionally, led college rugby programmes at the highest level, developed students into professional players for premiership teams, as well as having links with professional rugby academies and representative pathways.Tresham College Rugby Academy students will benefit greatly from Jon’s expertise and their college experience will be further enhanced by his arrival.Jon has overseen the development of many college students with expert coaching and guidance in order to support them in achieving their aspirations and ensure they continue to be engaged in rugby.On joining Tresham College, Jon Phillips commented:“I am excited to be joining Tresham College and looking forward to getting stuck in with the rugby academy students and helping them to improve both on and off the field. Tresham College has a great reputation for providing excellent opportunities for all levels of players and keeping them in the game with close links to the local clubs. Working with clubs and keeping players in the game is something I am particularly passionate about, and I hope to continue the great work that Tresham College has started.”Dan Burns (Head of Tresham Academy of Sport) said:“We are delighted that Jon is joining us at Tresham College to take charge of the rugby academy and provide our students with expert coaching and support. Not only does he have the knowledge and experience to help our student players develop in their rugby, he also understands the importance of education to a young rugby player’s future progression. We are excited to see rugby at Tresham College thrive under Jon’s guidance”Tresham College Rugby Academy is based at the Kettering Campus. Students who study sports courses gain full access to weekly training sessions and match days in regional and national competitions as part of their program. Students studying other subjects can also access the rugby academy depending on their timetable allocation. Students are still able to join the rugby academy program for this academic year and any enquiries should be directed to customer services or the sports department.
England Rugby Coach on the ball at Tresham CollegeYoung rugby players at Tresham College and coaches from across the region were given the unique opportunity to attend a training session with England Under 18s Coach Russell Earnshaw on 31st January 2018.Held on the artificial rugby pitch at Tresham College, Kettering the event was planned to showcase the Tresham Rugby Academy, where students receive the very highest level of rugby training alongside their chosen academic programme. Academy students were given expert guidance from Russell, himself an ex-professional rugby player who now coaches the England Under 18s squad. Over 30 rugby coaches from local and regional teams were also invited to attend on the day, to gain an insight into coaching at the very highest level.Head of Tresham Academy of Sport Dan Burns said the event was well attended and a great success:“The training session was part of our open day to enable aspiring Rugby Academy students to experience our excellent training and facilities here at Tresham College. “We are very grateful that Russell gave his time to come along and inspire our young players and give the benefit of his extensive knowledge to our local coaches.”Tresham College offers academy sports programme for rugby and football, where the emphasis is on academic excellence alongside developing sporting talent. Tresham College is part of The Bedford College Group.For more information visit www.tresham.ac.uk