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Your Community Team

A quick introduction to your Wasps Community team

Dave Larham

Community Rugby Manager

Dave Larham

Dave Larham

Dave (45) joined Wasps as a Community Development Officer in April 2002, after serving in the Royal Air Force for 12.5 years, and was promoted to Community Rugby Manager in October 2005. He is passionate about rugby, coaching and rugby development and is well known throughout our community due to his many roles at Wasps which have included Match Day Q & A host, Academy coach, Community Partner Club Coach The Coaches Lead Coach and lecturer on the Sports Management & Rugby Studies Degree Course at the Bucks New University. Dave also performs a part-time role with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as a Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach Trainer, Coach Educator, Coach Mentor and Child Protection Tutor. A RFU Level 3 Coach, he is also a RFU Referee, Rugby Football League Level 2 Coach and has qualifications in Sports Psychology, Sports Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition, SAQ®, Life Coaching, Coach Mentoring and an NVQ Level 5 in Management. Dave is fully committed to his own Continuous Personal Development and completed the Ashridge Business College World Class Coaching Programme in 2009, the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) in November 2012 and is currently in the second year of studying the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). In September 2007 he helped form the Wasps Community Foundation, which is the charitable arm of Wasps. Dave lives in Aylesbury, Bucks with his wife Kay & son Lee and is the Head Coach of Aylesbury RFC.

"I was fortunate to arrive at Wasps as we entered the most successful period of the club's history. I have seen us win three Premiership Finals, three European trophies, a domestic cup and saw several Wasps players play their part in winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup. This club is all about winning and I relish the challenges that lay ahead both for the club commercially and the Community Team. I love this club, love this sport and hope that I can give young players, supporters and sponsors the same amount of enthusiasm and enjoyment that I get from being involved with such a fantastic club."

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Contact Dave:
dave.larham@wasps.co.uk
01494 531122 (office)
07810 818014 (mobile)
01494 531122 (fax)

Ryan Hunt

CoacHclass Programme Officer

Ryan Hunt

Ryan Hunt

Ryan (26) joined our Community Team as a Community Rugby Coach on 8th March 2010 after graduating with a degree in Applied Sport Science and Coaching with Management. He was promoted in to the position of CoacHclass Programme Officer on 12th August 2011 replacing Russell Bolton. Ryan grew up in the South-West and has worked with a wide variety of children in an array of different locations. These include under-privileged children in USA to international students in English summer schools to repatriation work for the Youth Offending Service. Ryan started playing rugby from a very young age which led to the focus of his college and university studies. Previous employers have included Social Services, International Colleges, YMCA Summer Camp and leisure centres. He is an RFU Level 2 Coach and ELRA Referee, and has the primary responsibility to coordinate our successful CoacHclass Programme and increase the product range, participation and enjoyment as much as possible. Ryan coaches in the Wasps Academy, Middlesex School of Rugby and is Head Coach of Wasps FC, the amateur part of the Wasps Family .

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"It has been my goal for a number of years to be part of a professional rugby union club; however, to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the country is a fantastic opportunity and I cannot wait to contribute to an already highly regarded Community Team. After graduating, coupled with my experience with children across the board and my work in sports development I knew that my career would be involved within the community coaching world. I hope that my knowledge and experience will help to promote the already positive image of the Wasps CoacHclass Programme and support rugby participation."

Contact Ryan:
ryan.hunt@wasps.co.uk
01494 531122 (office)
07949 366570 (mobile)
01494 531122 (fax)
www.rugbycamps.com (web)

Ben Smiley

Schools Programme Officer

Ben Smiley

Ben Smiley

Ben (28) joined the Community Team on 1st March 2008 from Chiltern District Council where he worked as a Community Sports Coach. He studied Sports Management & Rugby Studies at the Bucks Chiltern University College in High Wycombe and has been a part-time member of the Wasps Community Team for 4 years. Ben is a RFU Level 2 coach, RFU Coach Developer, RFU Child Protection Tutor and ELRA Referee. His role within the Community Team is to deliver a structured programme of schools rugby opportunities within our community. The ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for anyone to participate in rugby and provide the appropriate pathways for those who are interested in furthering their rugby. Ben will also be primarily responsible for coaching in schools to ensure optimal participation. He lives in Lane End, High Wycombe with his wife Seba and plays for Marlow RUFC.

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"After training in Sports Development, and working within the industry since graduating from University, I am delighted to be combining my enthusiasm for Rugby with a passion for getting as many people active as possible. The 15 months that I spent in a Local Authority gave me an insight into the administrative side of Sports Development, and into that challenges that many sports face in accessing disadvantaged people and areas of deprivation. I now feel ready to tackle the challenges that will present themselves at Wasps, and look forward to working with everyone in the Community to develop Rugby Union in Buckinghamshire."

Contact Ben:
ben.smiley@wasps.co.uk
01494 531122 (office)
07879 855353(mobile)
01494 531122 (fax)

Ian Isham


Community Rugby Coach

Ian Isham

Ian Isham

Ian (24) Joined the Wasps Community Team as a Community Rugby Coach on the 1st December 2011 after working as a part-time member of the team for two and a half years. He studied at Bucks New University in High Wycombe on the Sports Management and Rugby Studies course and gained experience through working with both the Wasps and Harlequins Community Programmes. Since graduating in September 2011, he continued to work with Wasps alongside multi-sports coaching at schools in Buckinghamshire. Ian started playing rugby at the age of 4 at Banbury Rugby Club and played for the North Oxfordshire club for over 18 years; playing for every age group all the way up to Senior 1st XV. This season will see Ian play his 3rd season at Community Partners High Wycombe RUFC, where he plays at hooker or prop and is the Club Captain. He is a RFU Level 2 coach and delivers a wide range of our Community Programmes including the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, DS Smith Move 2 Improve Programme, MBNA Tackling Numbers, NSPCC Anti-Bullying Programme and CoacHclass.

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"Rugby has been a passion of mine from a young age, this lead me to studying a course that is very specific within the sports industry. Whilst on the course I quickly realised the importance of gaining experience alongside a degree. Since I started as a part time member of the community team at Wasps, it has been my ambition to progress and become a full time community rugby coach. Now I have an exciting opportunity to develop within the role and continue to deliver coaching to a wide range of people in the local community."

Contact Ian:
ian.isham@wasps.co.uk
01494 531122 (office)
01494 531122 (fax)