Tewkesbury Tigers, the junior section of Tewkesbury Rugby Football Club, honoured longstanding coach Martin Thomas at their end of season presentation evening.

Martin, who played for Gloucester Old Boys in his youth, was persuaded to take the role of coach to the U7s team in 2007 when his eldest son joined the team. Over the years Martin has embraced his role with vigour and passion and has led the team successfully for 10 years, culminating in the 2017/18 season. U16s captain, Jack Brinn, thanked Martin, describing him as a father figure to the team and presented him with a signed team photo.

Martin’s enthusiasm for coaching has led him to also take on the role of assistant coach to the senior Tewkesbury RFC teams as well as coaching with Gloucester’s Developing Player Program. He is also planning to remain with the Tigers to provide support to the younger teams and junior coaches.

Although this was the U16s last season as Tewkesbury Tigers many of the boys hope to continue playing as part of a newly formed Colts team in conjunction with other local clubs. Colts consist of players who are 16 or 17 transitioning from junior to senior rugby.

Three members of the U16 team, Samuel Thomas, Jack Brinn and Will Gamble, have also been selected by Gloucester to continue on their pathway of developing players and will be training with the U17s next season.

Tewkesbury RFC has an active junior section with teams from U7 to U16 as well as Girls, Ladies and Senior men teams. If you would like further information on any section, or the newly formed Colts, please contact Nick Smith, contact@tewkesburytigers.co.uk

Following the changes announced by the Government on Wednesday 9 September in relation to the ban on groups of more than six people meeting socially indoors and outdoors. Although social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday 14 September, the Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue. With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.

Please see our Clubhouse page for more information about Track and Trace and face-coverings.

 

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