New Chamber Member RuggerEds expands by appointment of 8 new Full time Staff

9th July 2014

RuggerEds Ltd are the UK's 1st Educationally based rugby programme specifically designed for 3 9 year olds.

Established in May 2011, it is the brainchild of longstanding Sheffield Chamber of Commerce member Glyn Chandler, along with Glyn's wife Sandra who manages the IT and Finance and fellow Director Dean Mabson. Glyn who has rugby running through his veins after a 15 year Rugby League playing career and a successful Coaching career in both League and Union, explained, -I was the Mini & Junior Chair at Sheffield RUFC and had built the playing membership up to 350 through extensive schools links programmes. But the RFU rules dictated that you can't join a club until you are 6 years of age Dean was a then parent of a 3 year old wanted his son to play and eventually travelled 120 mile round trip to Halifax on a Sunday morning to get an hour's rugby for him. -Like all good idea's he told me about this over a pint and I thought he was crazy but then thought why isn't there any provision when there is an obvious demand and hence RuggerEds was born and launched 4 months later at Abbeydale home of Sheffield RUFC. RuggerEds now coaches over 1,000 children per week through a series of club based weekend sessions at Sheffield RUFC, Sheffield Tigers, Rotherham Titans and Dronfield RUFC and after school clubs, PPA cover and Schools Tournaments. It's robust business model has led to new franchise operations been established in Leicester, Manchester, North East Derbyshire and North Sheffield, employing over 50 staff on a mixture of part time basis or full time, with further expansion planned. It has also successfully launched SoccerEds and NetballEds utilising the company's Core Values of Good Manners, Respect, Teamwork and Fair Play In recognition of the demands of the business it has recently made the following 6 permanent appointments in Sheffield (see picture attached) in:- Louise Rattray Apprentice Marketing and Events Co-Ordinator Joe George Operations Manager Sheffield Brad Chandler Head Coach and Asst IT Manager and Website Manager Ben Hawksworth Head Coach and Head of Social Media Paul Kilcoyne Head Coach and Video Production Liam Wallace Operations Manager Sheffield Tigers and Schools Liaison Manager In a separate appointments, Luke Bayliss was appointed Operations Manager Rotherham Titans and Will Stubbs Operations Manager SoccerEds and Long Term Player Programme Development Manager. Glyn Chandler commented -These appointments are the reward for the hard work these individuals have put in and RuggerEds since we started, in the case of Ben, Liam and Luke they all graduate from Sheffield Hallam University later this year and have now a permanent job secured. RuggerEds are committed to developing its own staff and Operations Managers of the future and with most of the Coaches being in the 16 to 24 year age bracket, there is plenty of opportunity for them to create a career within the business

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