Our rugby players compete at a very high standard.

  We compete in the West Midlands Regional League and cup competitions.  We don’t just compete – we win!  Recent victories include the 2019-20 League Champions.

Our Head coach is an RFU Level 3 coach and enjoyed a hugely successful career at Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues, winning the PowerGen Shield and European Cup along the way.  The chance to learn from a European Cup winner is not to be missed. Try our quick quiz to learn more.

Which of the following World Cup winners has the Head coach played with or against?

Johnny Wilkinson (Fly-half), Martin Johnson (Lock, captain), Lawrence Dallaglio (Number 8), Matt Dawson (Scrum-half), Ben Cohen (Wing) and Mike Catt (Centre)


All of them!… and he looks forward to sharing all his experiences and stories with you!

Meet the experts:

Jon Phillips
Head Coach

Jon Phillips

  • Winner of the European Cup!
  • Winner of the PowerGen Shield!
  • Played with or against every member of the 2003 World Cup winning team.
  • Been coaching for over 20 years.
  • Graduated from Northampton University
John Dobson Tresham Academy of Sport

John Dobson

  • Expert in Nutrition for elite performance
  • UEFA B Football coach
  • Elite Development Coach at Leicester City
  • Played for England Football U16s
  • Graduated at Manchester Metropolitan University, De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham
Jack Champelovier Tresham Academy of Sport

Jack Champelovier

  • Expert in physiotherapy for elite performance
  • Played for England Football U16s
  • Professional footballer
  • Football coach and gym instructor
  • Graduated at University of Northampton and University of Bedfordshire

A course for everyone

We have a course for everyone.  Our staff will make sure you slot in at the right level so you can get the most out of your studies too.

Level 2 Diploma in Sport.  You will study topics including fitness, anatomy, lifestyle and wellbeing – and lots of rugby of course.  We’ll also get you started on your coaching career.

Level 3 Diploma in Sport.  You will study topics including coaching, health, fitness, nutrition and sport psychology – and lots of rugby of course.  We’ll also get you started on your coaching career.

Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching.  You will study topics including fitness, sport psychology, coaching, anatomy and sport performance – and lots of rugby of course.  We’ll also get you started on your coaching career.  You will study at the College and your degree will be awarded by our academic partner, the University of Bedfordshire.

Tresham College Rugby Academy Student.

Alfie Russell

I play for East Midlands Rugby Club and my ambition is to play professionally.  I decided to join the Rugby Academy at Tresham College because the coach has many years’ experience playing in the Premiership and the sports facilities are excellent.

My college work is organised around matches and training so I get the most out of the course.  My success on this course has enabled me to take up a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study a degree in Sports Coaching and Development.

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Tresham College and it’s a wonderful springboard to the next stage of my career.  Thanks!

Tresham Academy of Rugby

If you would like to chat with our Head coach or book a place on a rugby trial event (16 June, 18 August, 5-6.30pm), please email us on sportsacademy@bedford.ac.uk with your name and phone number and we will call you back.

If you would like to reserve your place on this fantastic course, please click here and complete a few details.  We’ll do the rest.  We look forward to helping you achieve your ambitions.


If you are highly motivated, energetic and dynamic, our Sport & Fitness courses will enable you to study and specialise in areas such as outdoor leisure, development and fitness, and personal training.

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