Kilburn Cosmos coach is inspired after meeting with England stars

PUBLISHED: 12:27 15 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:27 15 April 2015

Kilburn Cosmos coach Katie Jewell with England stars Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs and George Kruis.

Kilburn Cosmos coach Katie Jewell with England stars Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs and George Kruis.


Kilburn Cosmos coach Katie Jewell was invited to meet members of the England squad by QBE, the official insurance partner of England Rugby.

Jewell, who has recently qualified as a Level Two coach through the QBE Coaching Club, was one of a selection of community coaches who spent time with the squad at their training camp in Pennyhill Park.

England players including Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs and George Kruis introduced Jewell and the new generation of coaches to their own formative rugby coaches who they feel played an integral part of helping them get to where they are today.

The group discussed the role of the QBE Coaching Club, a joint initiative between the RFU and QBE, the business insurance specialist. This initiative will see 2,015 new Level Two rugby coaches recruited and trained by September 2015.

The initiative has been established to ensure the game has enough quality coaches to welcome new players and encourage them to stay in the sport.

After meeting England and Saracens player Vunipola and his old Harrow School coach Jesse Coulson, Jewell said: “This day has been inspirational.

“It has made me realise the importance of the role of a coach right through a player’s career. The relationship and trust between a coach and their players is vital to success at all levels.”

With a keen love for the game, Jewell – a patent and trademark attorney – turned to coaching after suffering an injury which forced her to stop playing. Keen to continue to be involved in the sport, she joined the QBE Coaching Club to enhance her expertise and skill set.

As a current volunteer coach for Kilburn Cosmos and Old Albanians, she uses her new knowledge to improve the ability of the men and women she coaches.

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