Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the appointment of former player and current Director of Rugby at Moulton College, Jon Phillips, as the new Head of Community.  

Phillips has a very impressive playing and coaching CV in addition to 10 years’ experience running the delivery at one of the region’s leading rugby education centres.

On the field Phillips had a long and distinguished playing career at Northampton Saints, progressing through the youth ranks to making his first team debut in 1989 in combination with his day job as an application engineer in Peterborough. He went on to turn professional with Saints in 1995 and played at Franklin’s Gardens until 2004 making 344 appearances, whilst also working for their Community department on inception.

In 2004, Phillips made the short journey to Goldington Road and combined playing for the Blues with a role as Director of Rugby at Moulton College. Leaving the Blues in 2008, Phillips went on to play and coach at Peterborough and Old Albanians, and is still enjoying the odd run out as Head Coach of Oundle.  

Phillips was in attendance at the Club’s first Blues Community Schools Night at the end of November and has been very impressed by the strides the Community section has made in such a short time having only setup in August 2016.

He commented: “It’s great to see the impact Blues Community has had since inception just over 15 months ago. I’ve heard about all the fantastic work being done across the region and I’m looking forward to working with the local community and spreading the Pasion and Pride of Bedford. Ben Gulliver and the team have started the project brilliantly so it’s about continuing the good work and building on the relationships.

“Personally, I have some fantastic memories of my playing time at Goldington Road, particularly the Cup finals. I enjoyed every one of my 119 games for the club and can’t wait to return in an off field capacity in the New Year.”

Blues Community has so far reached out to eight counties and 41 schools, directly impacting over 1,200 pupils a month. There are 15 current Blues players coaching and delivering projects with an estimated direct reach of over 21,600 by the end of the season.

To get in touch with Jon Phillips please email in January when he returns to Goldington Road.

Next Home Match

Friday 1st March
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road