Long-serving junior coach receives top RFU award

PUBLISHED: 09:26 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 01 July 2016

Gareth Waterfield.

Gareth Waterfield.


Winscombe Girls Under-15 coach Gareth Waterfield has been awarded the RFU President’s Award.

Winscombe Girls Under-15 coach Gareth Waterfield has been awarded the RFU President’s Award, in recognition of his immense achievements over the years, but especially his recent successes with the club’s girls’ teams.

A former England deaf international, Gareth is a well-known and popular member of the club who has been a player and coach for many years.

As well as his work at Winscombe, he has been a pioneering school rugby coach at Hugh Sexey Middle School, taking one of his sides all the way to Twickenham.

Before beginning his work with girls’ rugby, he coached one of the most successful junior sides the club has had - one of the players in that side, Darren Atkins, was in the England Under-20s squad in the World Cup.

However, he’s probably best known for starting Winscombe’s girls’ section a few years ago, and last season taking the Under-15 side all the way to the National Cup final, which they only narrowly lost.

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