Kieran Hopper

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Joining for the 2018/2019 season, to oversee the girls section.

Kieran began his playing career at Dover RFC at the age of 12 where he played his way through the club whilst also playing county, District and the Saracens School of Rugby. At 16 he started his first senior season with Dover but then deciding to move to Ash RFC where he played the majority of his senior rugby.

Whilst at Ash RFC he began helping with the u15s as a assistant coach and began to attend local RFU courses and completing his level 1. From there he also started completing refereeing courses and began working alongside RFU staff to help run festivals with local schools and clubs around the county. With the knowledge and experience learned from the RFU staff and other coaches from other clubs across the county, he completed my level 2 became assistant coach to the 1st XV at Ash RFC. Utilising this experience he was offered the opportunity to work for England Rugby as a All Schools Coach working, promoting the core values of rugby, and building bonds with the local clubs in order to increase participation in both girls and boys rugby. This led to other opportunities, such as working on “Sky Sports Living for Sports” programs and becoming the point of contact for the “Young Rugby Ambassadors” and “Old Mutual Wealth; kids first” schemes at Ash RFC.

His first Head Coach role came at Dover, with their first academy side, with this role he would work with a team of coaches to help conduct match reviews, structured training sessions and work on recruitment for the squad.

For the past 3 seasons he has been working for Aviva Premiership team Saracens as part of their community team, working in local clubs and schools delivering skills camps from ages 6-16 for both boys and girls within the Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent areas and Allianz Park. He has also have been working with Saracens Academy as a pathway coach working on different stages of the pathway such as the Developing Player Pathway and learning from coaches such as a Kelly Brown, Ian Peel and England Rugby u18s coach Russell Earnshaw

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