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“A lot of people have gone further than they thought because somebody else thought they could"

The Story so far....
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Bob Hood's career as an enthusiastic rugby player, successful rugby coach and mentor spans over four decades.


His rugby journey really took shape whilst playing for Baildon RUFC from the age of 15 to 18 and then went on to gain a BEd (Hons) degree from the Carnegie School of Physical Education. After captaining the First XV  he went on to represent Roundhay, Headingley, Bradford and Bradford and Bingley Rugby Clubs enjoying every second of the 300 games he was lucky enough to play after making his senior debut against Bath at the Recreation Ground, whilst playing for Roundhay.

In that time he was selected for the Yorkshire Colts squad, represented NE Colleges, England Colleges, British Polytechnics and was a final England Student trialist.

Then whilst at the end of his playing career he found himself in the world of coaching. He  quickly progressed through the Rugby Football Union's coaching awards and now holds the prestigious Level 4 Award.

He has since coached Baildon RUFC, Bradford and Bingley RFC, and Yarnbury RFC.


His coaching journey was not confined to club level as he went on to become an International Head Coach to the England Counties Senior XV, England U20 Counties XV, and County Head Coach to the Yorkshire Senior XV and the Yorkshire U21/20XV.

He was awarded Coach of The Year for Rugby Union by Sport England (Yorkshire and Humberside) in 1999 and 2000

He now work's for the RFU as a Senior Rugby Developer delivering Level 2 and 3 Coaching Awards and mentoring Level 3 and Level 4 coaches at all levels of the game.

Bob’s mission is to share his wealth of experience with coaches and players of all levels and ages, to ensure the game continues to flourish by focusing on a player centred approach. With this goal in mind, he founded Rugby Union Coaching Services (RUCS) 

Please do not hesitate in navigating to the services we can offer.

Bob Hood.....Managing Director of RUCS
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Originally from an Educational background his

previous qualifications and experiences include;


RFU Licensed Senior Rugby Developer

RFU Level 4 Coach

National RFU Trainer

National RFU Mentor

Diploma in Sports Psychology Newcastle College

MEd Leeds University

BEd (Hons) (2:1) Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie School of Physical Education)



Head of Department(Physical Education) in two large comprehensive schools, Head of Faculty

(PE, Music and Drama), Assistant Head Teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher now Lead Practitioner. Senior Leadership experience for a number of years in a large comprehensive school in Leeds. Also he has worked as an Educational Consultant delivering Academic Coaching in over 60 schools



Yorkshire Senior Head Coach. Three National titles achieved at Twickenham.

May 2000 – May 2015

Yorkshire U20/U21 Head Coach. Achieved eight National titles at Twickenham and one runners up. 

May 1996 – May 2007


England Counties Senior XV Head Coach

Tours to Chile, Romania and France

May 2007- May 2010

England U20 XV Counties Head Coach

Tours to Scotland and Georgia

May 2011 - May 2015

Clubs coached include Baildon RUFC, Yarnbury RFC and Bradford and Bingley RFC

Other experiences include working with Scandinavian and European  National Governing Bodies, in developing Coach Education. Countries included are Denmark, Norway Sweden and Spain. 

Also coached the Trinidad and Tobago National XV

Bristol Bears recruitment programme  


Recent highlights include attending a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2015, for services to Rugby Union.. 

Coaching and Mentoring Services available
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The following services are available at your club, school or university



NEW: Establishing Elite Rugby Academies, for girls and boys, at your School or University


Specialised Coaching Sessions

Coach Mentoring

Player Mentoring

Coaching Organisation

Quality Assurance

Self reflection tools




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