Joe is now a community rugby coach in Johannesburg

Joe Reynolds, rugby graduate

Joe Reynolds is a graduate of our rugby coaching course.

He landed a great job straight from University delivering the set up of the pilot programme for TryRugby on behalf of Premiership Rugby in partnership with British Council, Footprints Foundation, Ellis Park and the Golden Lions Rugby Club in South Africa.

The aim of the project is to create a more sustainable community of rugby practice in the Johannesburg region of South Africa.

Joe, who is employed as a community rugby coach, said: "Within a week it was apparent that South African rugby development teams are excellent at focusing on the peak of the high performance triangle and can spot and nurture exceptional talent.

"Unfortunately, there is simply no resource to engage, develop and monitor the new-found talent in communities or even for those who are on the periphery of the provincial team. 

"My remit is to use rugby to engage with children and young people in schools and communities, delivering educational, social and health benefits via the game.

"Whilst here we are also aiming to target as many coaches as we can to share our knowledge and UK community sport structures. We've done this by assisting assessors on World Rugby Level 1 and 2 courses.

"There has to be sustainability for future success."

Dean Parsons, award leader for USW's rugby courses, said: "It's wonderful to see my alumni taking key roles within the game across the world.

"It highlights that the vocational elements of the rugby coaching course, underpinned with current theory, world leading placements at home and overseas, provide the skills for students to take on some key challenges to grow the game worldwide. I’m incredibly proud of them."