The Henley College appoints Tom Redfern as Rugby Head Coach

The Henley College is delighted to announce that Tom Redfern has been appointed Rugby Head Coach and Manager of the College’s Rugby Elite Player Programme in a new partnership with Ealing Trailfinders.

Redfern has spent the last five years as Rugby Development Officer and Community Coach with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and previously spent 18 months as a Premiership Rugby Coach in Brazil in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics. He is currently the Head Coach of Woodford Rugby Club, but before making the move to coaching he featured for for Rugby Mantova in Italy.

The new partnership with Ealing Trailfinders operates in the RFU ACE League South, and will give players the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college sport whilst completing their studies in a variety of engaging BTEC, A Level or Foundation courses. 

Redfern is delighted to be joining The Henley College for this new project:

"I am extremely excited to be leading the Rugby programme at The Henley College where we aim to create an environment to prepare and support our students for a prosperous future in Rugby and beyond.

The established partnership with Ealing Trailfinders will enable us to attract the most talented students across the country, where they will benefit from the expert coaches, facilities and pastoral care the programme will provide. 

My experiences have been varied and I’ve been afforded some amazing opportunities off the back of my college ACE days 9 years ago where I’ve played and coached in the USA, Italy and Brazil. Most recently I have been working for the RFU as a Rugby Development Officer and with the Developing Player Pathway at London Irish Academy.”

Ty Sterry, Manager of the Trailfinders Rugby Academy, is pleased to add Redfern to the coaching group:

"I have had the pleasure of working with Tom during our time at the RFU. Tom has great knowledge of talent identification principles from his experiences in inner city London and Hertfordshire which will add value to the recruitment and talent development plans at The Henley College.”

The Henley College is now recruiting Under 18s to join in the Elite Player programme this September. If you would like more information regarding the Rugby Programme, please visit The Henley College website:

https://www.henleycol.ac.uk/sport/elite-sports-programme/elite-rugby-programme/