Appointment of Head of Age Grade Rugby

Welcome to the new Head of Age Grade Rugby

After a series of interviews, NLDRFU are delighted to introduce Tim Wilbraham as Head of Age Grade Rugby. Tim has considerable knowledge of rugby administration and coaching at every age from U6 to senior players.

Over the next few weeks, Tim will be setting up a team to help support and develop an environment for players that

  • upholds the Age-Grade Regulations
  • shares and develops best practice and ideas

o   to help clubs recruit new players

o   to improve the retention of young players

  • seeks to increase the number of young men and women who transition from youth rugby – choosing rugby as their sporting recreation during adulthood

Tim said, ‘We know that young people and their parents have many choices for ways to spend their time. Our challenge is to make rugby more attractive than our rivals.  As coaches and administrators, we need to build environments that appeal to young people, so we must talk to our boys and girls, young men and women to find out what they will be. We need to identify what works and share those ideas. We must also ensure that players feel safe and welcome, regardless of their gender, race or sexual orientation.’

If you would like to get involved and help Tim, please contact us at [email protected]


Dave Andrews, Head of Development NLDRFU