Our People

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson is a teacher, coach educator and business professional with unique strengths in coaching and mentoring across a broad range of sports and industries. A former first class rugby player with England Students, Saracens and London Scottish, ‘Robbo’ has unrivalled knowledge of and connections in rugby, business and beyond. A highly qualified coach developer, mentor and teacher, his passion for helping sports and business coaches achieve their best has taken him round the world.


  • World Academy of Sport Trainer
  • World Rugby Trainer
  • 1st4sport Level 4 – Conducting external quality assurance of assessment process
  • 1st4sport Level 3 – Certificates in Assessing Vocational Achievement, Education Training, Workforce Mentoring [QCF], Tutoring Sports, Internal Verification Practice in Sports and Introduction to Assessment in Sports
  • Director of Rugby Course (RFU)
  • Mentor training – Performance Development Systems (PDS)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Management – Ashridge Business School
  • IRB Coach-Referee Educator/Trainer Training
  • RFU Senior Trainer status
  • RFU Workforce Trainer qualification
  • Bachelor of Education with Physical Education and Subsidiary French, University of Exeter, School of Education, St Luke’s College, Exeter

Experience timeline

2006-16                     Coach & Player Development – Rugby Football Union (inc London North Region – 2006-2012)

2015                           Army Rugby – Elite Coach development pathway

2013-15                     One to One Sports coach mentoring with a number of coaches from a variety of clubs & organisations

2014-15                     Head of Mentoring & Coach Developer Middlesex Rugby Union

2014-15                     Co-delivery for Ashridge Business School Associates of Leadership courses to a variety of businesses
.                                  Delivery of RFU Director of Rugby Course

2013                           Delivery of IRB coach & referee Education to the Indonesian rugby Community

2012                           Delivery of IRB coach/referee Education to the Fijian rugby Community

2012                           IRB delivery to International School (Western Europe) Coaches: Rugby Ready, IRB Level 1 & 2

2012                           Delivery & follow-up of RFU Mentor Course for London Division

2011                           Delivery at the Churchill Cup British Columbian (Vancouver, BC) Coaching Conference

2005-current             Penguin Rugby Academy – Head Coach Educator

Courses run in Fiji, Malaysia, Canada and South Africa

Coach Educator for ongoing project to educate Malay national teachers and other coaches to IRB/RFU Level 1&2 or equivalent standard in order that they may introduce rugby into their schools

Courses in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kuala Terengganu, Kedah & Sabbah (Borneo)


CPD – Canada Coach & Player Education sessions: Vancouver – 2008

IRB / Coach Education courses: South Africa – 2009

IRB Trainer education: Marcoussis Paris, France – 2010

Bi-lingual delivery for both French & British nationals

Experienced delivery of RFU Level I, II & III courses

Coach mentor for RFU Level III & IV courses

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