Fylde’s new Head of Community arrives!

Fylde Rugby Club is delighted to welcome its new Head of Community, Gavin Butterworth, to the Woodlands. Gavin is a highly experienced former player, a Level 2 RFU Rugby Coach and supply teacher for both mainstream and SEN schools. He is a former pupil at Kirkham Grammar and Sedbergh Schools.

Amongst other roles, Gavin has most recently been a specialist rugby coach at a North Fylde secondary school and a CBRE RFU All-Schools Coach, coaching boys and girls of all ages in various schools and colleges in Lancashire. He was also the Head Coach of Lancaster University’s Women’s Rugby team and has long experience in coaching O2 Touch Rugby and junior club rugby.

Fylde Chairman Dave Young said: “We are very pleased to welcome Gavin to this important new role working with our partners, Sports in Schools. We are very fortunate to have recruited a coach with great experience in rugby development and coaching. We believe that he’ll make a huge contribution to developing rugby in local schools, through multi-sport coaching, camps and other initiatives.”

Gavin Butterworth said: “I’m proud to be heading up the Community Department based at the Woodlands. My intention is to develop Fylde’s distinct package of activities and programmes to schools and colleges across Lancashire, as well as to drive forward community engagement at the Club.

“We will be offering extra-curricular breakfast clubs and after school clubs as well as core PE lessons to primary and secondary schools and are pleased to include our distinctive ‘Reading and Rugby’ programme, which is designed to integrate with the regular school curriculum while being underpinned by rugby’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.”

On the appointment the managing director of Sports InSchools, Matt Price said “Gavin has a real passion for the game and coaching too. We at Sports In Schools feel that we have the perfect individual to lead the community department at Fylde Rugby Club. Gavin will work closely with our other heads of communities at our other partnering clubs to ensure we are offering the very best in engagement for the community.”

More news on this and other community initiatives will be announced in the near future.

Contact: Gavin Butterworth, Head of Community, Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Road, Lytham St Annes FY8 4EL. Phone: 01253 734733; e-mail: community@fylderugby.com