Kilburn Takes Coaching Reins

Atherstone RFC

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2015 09:41pm
Atherstone, North Warwickshire
By Julie Douglas
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Atherstone RFC’s new Committee had a one key objective to achieve before the start of pre-season training on 2nd July and that was to ensure that the club secured the services of a coach.  After the sudden departure of the previous coach early in the season, the men in black took the reins themselves and whilst this was not a situation which could continue into the new season, both the first and the second team performed well throughout the season ensuring that their place in their respective leagues was secure.

New Chair John Clarke, and fellow committee members worked behind the scenes to find suitable applicants for the position and were successful in attracting the attention of Tom Kilburn.

Kilburn knew the club and the players through his association with Rugby Lions where he was part of the coaching team instrumental in rebuilding Lions and securing back to back promotions.  Equally, many of the players had already built a good relationship with Kilburn during the past two seasons. For such an important role, it was important to the Committee that the players responded well to Kilburn and from the trial session Kilburn ran it was very clear that he was the right man for the job.  

Kilburn is a well-qualified and experienced coach with links not just to Rugby Lions but also to Hinckely RFC where he is the Club Coaching Co-ordinator. Kilburn has also recently taken on the role of Head Coach for Leicestershire Ladies and Warwickshire Districts.  More recently Kilburn has become a mentor for the School of Hard Knocks charity.

Having coached at all stages of the long term player development pathway, Kilburn stated that he would also like to play a part in helping Rugby Union grow and thrive.  He said 

‘I want to promote the core values, continue to improve standards and inspire others within the wider community.’

His commitment to the game and to player development is not only evident through the roles he holds but also through the training and Continuous Professional Development Kilburn has undertaken.  Having gained his Level 2 Senior coaching qualification, Kilburn is about to commence his Level 3.  In addition Kilburn has undertaken leadership training through the RFU Leadership Academy and is a qualified referee having completed his RFU B Grade qualification.

As much as Kilburn boasts a very impressive CV, more importantly he has demonstrated through the trial training session and through discussions with the Committee that he has an excellent rounded approach which will suit the most important people within the club, the players.

Pre-season training will start on Thursday 2nd July, 6.45pm.  During July not only will the club focus on rugby training but will also continue to build on the team spirit fostered in the previous season including a cricket match against Tamworth’s Meat Machine and Zorb Football.

New 1st Team Captain Tom Aherne, grandson of founder member Joe Aherne, and 2nd Team Captain Matt Kent were both very positive about the appointment particularly with regard to Kilburn’s ability to develop the myriad of young players that joined the club last season.


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