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The Coventry Rugby Foundation is proud to be launching Nelly’s RFC – a Mixed Ability rugby team. The Programme will run during school term-time for approximately 33 weeks of the year and be based at Butts Park Arena.

The programme will run after school one evening per week from 4:30pm to 5:45pm with sessions including exercises for warm up, fundamental rugby skills, and then basic touch matches to finish.

Nelly’s RFC is for young people aged between 13 and 19 with special educational needs from schools around Coventry. We will work predominantly with those who have social and behavioural disabilities or learning difficulties. This includes, but is not limited to, young people with autism, Asperger’s, Down’s Syndrome and ADHD.

The Foundation will be running a taster session on Wednesday, December 16th at Butts Park Arena between 4:30pm and 5:45pm, which will be a fun and active introduction to rugby games and skills.

The Coventry Rugby Foundation is also looking for volunteers to support the project. This will involve helping to run sessions and supporting the young people and other coaches. It will be a great way to gain experience of supporting children with SEND requirements and practical experience of coaching Mixed Ability Rugby.

Volunteers must be prepared to undergo a DBS check, and while previous experience volunteering with SEND young people or in coaching sport is not essential it is preferred.

To register your interest or if you would like any further information about how to support us please contact the Community team on