Stourbridge Rugby partners with Sports in Schools to launch its Community Rugby Department


Stourbridge Rugby are excited to announce a new Community Rugby Department for the Club which will deliver a wide range of sports projects and supply quality sports coaching to schools and organisations in the local area and beyond, working with Sports in Schools who specialise in the formation and operating of community departments for sporting clubs and businesses.

Sports in Schools work with many professional and semi-professional rugby clubs across the country and the time is right to join together to really engage with the community of Stourbridge and beyond. With over 300 schools education establishments within a 10 mile radius of the club, there is a fantastic opportunity to build stronger links within the community, deliver high quality sports provision and provide sustained support to the next generation of rugby players who could one day represent the club as a player, supporter or volunteer. It also provides the main body of the club with a sustainable income to support further projects.

The department – which will be headed by current Stourbridge Rugby player Chad Thorne – has been established following close work between the Club and Sports in Schools Ltd. Speaking about the appointment, Stourbridge Rugby Chairman Robin Edwards said: “We have looked at how we can engage with schools and the community better moving forward and the obvious answer was to form the community department within the club. We have spoken with Matt Price and his team at Sports in Schools for a number of months to make sure the timing is correct and we believe it is now.”

Robin continued, “We are very excited to launch the community department and we would welcome any contact with local schools wanting to know more about what we can offer.”

Matt Price, Managing Director of Sports in Schools Ltd. added: “Sports in Schools are delighted to be working with Stourbridge Rugby on community initiatives. It has been a really good process to get to this stage with some great people behind it. We are starting with a ready-made Head of Community in Chad Thorne who I have previously worked with and will do wonders for the department at the Club. We have already secured engagement with local schools through our ‘Reading & Rugby’ project and gained further education links. A community department is now a major part of a rugby club’s operational activity and we are delighted to be working on behalf of the Club.”

If you would like to know more about what exactly Stourbridge Rugby Community can offer you, your school or organisation, please phone 01384 395000 or email: for further information or email Chad Thorne –