A sports lawyer in Leamington has played an important role in the launch of a new representative body for professional rugby coaches.
Head of sports and employment law at Blythe Liggins Solicitors in Coventry, Richard Moon, is working with rugby legend Sir Ian McGeechan and others to form the Rugby Coach Association for professional coaches working in both rugby union and league.
Mr Moon is a former England, Barbarians, Harlequins and Cambridge University scrum-half and has set up the new organisation to represent coaches when dealing with governing bodies and other stakeholders in rugby union and league.
Mr Moon’s brother Rupert played scrum-half for Wales. Mr Moon once sat on the governing body of the RFU. Rupert was involved with the establishment of the Rugby Union Players Association in 1996.
He said: “The association will promote the two codes and the views of coaches on key issues within union and league and the wider sporting world, acting as the collective and representative voice of its members.
“It will also safeguard the rights and privileges of its members in areas such as employment law (including reviewing employment contracts and dealing with termination and disciplinary issues) and financial services.”
The RCA is a not-for-profit organisation that will reinvest all profits into the association.
Sir Ian said: “It has been clear for some time that rugby coaches have become more exposed as we work under close scrutiny and with greater expectations.
“We have no united voice and have been left to look after our individual affairs, unlike the players for example, for whom the Rugby Players Association does an excellent job.
“The RCA has been set up to represent all our professional colleagues. It is unique in that it brings together coaches from both codes to co-operate in the interests of all.
“I’m confident that it will have an important role to play in looking after its members as professional rugby develops in this country.”