About us:

About us:


Hi! Marc here, owner and Head Coach of Vigor.Rugby.

Vigor.Rugby is a rugby coaching and events company that offers after-school rugby and P.E. sessions to primary and secondary schools in the North East.

We are a  family run rugby coaching company which aim to provide children with the opportunity to learn the core skills of rugby and developing their knowledge and understand of the game.

I've spent my who life around sport but for the last 23 years, Rugby has been my passion and priority. As a player, I always strived to be the best but realistically the more I played the more I knew that my real passion was for teaching the game. The whole coach-pupil relationship and the satisfaction of watching someone improve their game was and still is far more rewarding for me than playing well myself.

I started my journey into Coaching in 2001 as Second Team Coach at Houghton Rugby. After a successful season, I made the decision to setup Vigor.Rugby as a way of sharing my knowledge and passion with others. In the years since I've been fortunate to work with some amazing people who all share my love of the game and which led to me being awarded the title of RFU Real Rugby Hero in 2018.

I have my RFU Coaching Level 2 badge as well as ELRA Referee Level 1.  I keep up-to-date with all changes and developments in the game to be able to provide the best for the young people I coach. 

Educational Qualifications

B.A (Hons) Sports and Leisure Management

B.A (Hons) Leadership and Management

Vigor's Aim



"To offer all the opportunity to learn and enjoy rugby and develop their rugby and life skills - one sport for all"


The aim of Vigor is to help address the chronic issue of children’s fitness and the progression of the child’s education through rugby.  Rugby is one sport where every child can be involved; rugby does not discriminate against sex, age, build or size.  


Rugby can help pupils learn not only about the sport but also learn core personal and team values.


Vigor Rugby have been operating in our school for several years, delivering after school Rugby clubs, supporting staff in preparing for Tag Rugby tournaments and coordinating lunchtime sessions for a range of team games. The delivery of the sessions has always been highly professional, with the children being engaged and enthused by the coaches. Working with Vigor Rugby has allowed for children of all ages and levels of skill to participate in the sport and to learn the key skills of teamwork, resilience and determination.

Mrs. Wilson - Head Teacher

St. Michael’s Catholic Primary School

Houghton le Spring

Why Chose us




Vigor.Rugby will design a bespoke rugby and fitness coaching programme around your schools needs and busy lesson schedule.


Vigor.Rugby can provide:



1.After schools clubs on any day that your school wishes, and training sessions that can incorporate what the children have learnt during their lessons.


2.A rugby and fitness coach, who is up to date with all RFU official courses, including scrum factory and rugby ready and is already CRB checked with the RFU.


3.The coach can also attend P.E. lessons during school time to provide CPD for teaching staff.


4.Develop a rugby team for your school and look after the needs of running a team.

Rugby Clubs:

Vigor.Rugby have experience of creating rugby teams ands section from scratch.  We have created a boys rugby teams and girls section in the past for all ages.

We can offer clubs:

1.  To create rugby teams and sections

2. Help identify new coaches and mentor them throughout.

3.  Create mentoring session for all coaches ensuring up to date information and training ideas shared to support a team.

4.  Support coaches in skilled based areas.


Rugby Players:

Vigor.Rugby offer one on one training and small session group training for all aged players.  We offer:

1. Tailor made training sessions to look at different areas of their games.  We can also look at the players last weeks performance. 

2.  Create a fittness sessions taliored to the players postion and needs.

3.  A FREE Zoom fitness  group session every week.