Former England Rugby player, Danny Grewcock MBE, will be starting a new role at Clifton College in September as their new High-Performance Rugby Manager.
The new role will involve working alongside Clifton College’s high performing rugby players in the school’s Sixth Form to help nurture their talent and to give them the best opportunity to move into a professional or elite rugby environment after finishing Clifton.
Dr Tim Greene, Head Master of Clifton College said, “We are delighted that Mr Grewcock will be joining the rugby coaching team and helping to develop our players. Mr Grewcock’s appointment will enable us to continue to build on that success and provide even more support for those in our High-Performance Sport Programme.”
Grewcock will be working part-time at the College, splitting his time 50/50 between both Clifton College and the Bristol Bears Rugby Academy, helping to build on the strong relationship that exists between the two.
Pat Lam, Director of Rugby at Bristol Bears Rugby said, “Danny brings with him a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach. Providing a pathway for young players into the Bears is a central focus of our club vision, so it’s a positive step to foster this new link with Clifton College and to continue developing our relationship.
Building strong relationships with all our local schools and colleges in the region forms a key part of our strategy and this appointment will strengthen our alignment with Clifton College.”
In an impressive career which included spells with Saracens and Bath, Grewcock went on to win 69 caps for the England Rugby team and five for the British and Irish Lions.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with the College’s rugby programme and the Bristol Bears Academy. I’ve been impressed with their programme as it has a strong record of developing talented rugby players. With the experience I’ve gained from a professional playing career and the last eight years working with academies and school sport, I am sure I can support the players and coaches to ensure the College and city continues to develop players to achieve their potential.” Says Grewcock.
Grewcock retired from playing in 2011, taking a role with the Bath Academy, he has since worked as the Director of Sport at an independent school in Northamptonshire.
Andrew Wagstaff, Director of Sport at Clifton College said, “I am excited about Danny joining the sports coaching staff at Clifton. He undoubtedly has a wealth of experience, not just with rugby, and I look forward to working with him to further develop our high-performance players at the College. I am sure he will be able to enhance our link with the Bears and create even greater opportunity for our elite players to increase their skills and progress them to professional level.”