Shane is our unsung rugby hero

When Shane Fox went to Coalville Rugby Club to have a kick around with his young son in 2007 little did he think that a decade later he would win The Nottingham’s top rugby award. 

Shane (54) is now Head Coach of The Vixens girls’ rugby squads in Coalville, Leicestershire, for the u13s, u15s and u18s teams. His dedication and hard work have led him to become our Unsung Rugby Hero.

He was nominated by Emma Green (12), one of his u13s players. Emma explained the reason why she put Shane forward for the award: “A couple of years ago Shane started a girls team called The Vixens for u13s, u15s and u18s. The first training session involved less than 10 girls and now there are around 60 across the three age groups.

“He voluntarily gives up every Tuesday and Sunday to come and train us and has previously been involved with the Leicestershire County Girls’ programme. He is very supportive of all the girls, getting many selected for Leicestershire County and Midlands. 

“He developed the team and coaching set up by himself using the Young Rugby Ambassador programme. Later we became a cluster team and joined with Leicester Forest RFC girls’ team. Before creating a girls team Shane was the Youth Chairman at Coalville RFC. Many of the players he coached in the past have been part of the Leicester Tigers development programme and obtained intern positions with Leicester Tigers.

“Shane is also involved with the local schools programme run by NWLSSP who now run a tag competition for local primary schools at Coalville RFC every year. Last year the winners ended up in the school games final.

“He has done a lot to help and shown his enthusiasm and commitment to all three teams and the Young Rugby Ambassador programme. Shane supports us and pushes us to do our best and at the same time he keeps all the training sessions and games fun. That’s why I think he is a good coach.”

The competition was launched by The Nottingham to celebrate the fact that we are the Official Building Society of Leicester Tigers and reward the hard work by people, like Shane, who play a huge part in the running of their local rugby club.

Shane won a dual branded (Nottingham Building Society/Leicester Tigers) rugby shirt and ball plus 20 Leicester Tigers tickets. The tickets will be for the last game of the season being held at Welford Road - Leicester Tigers versus Sale Sharks - in April. He was presented with his prize by Emma.

Shane, who is a level two rugby coach and qualified referee, said: “I had been working abroad as a project engineer and returned to England in 1989. In 2007 I took my then four-year-old son, James, to Coalville Rugby Club and I was approached to see if I would be interested in coaching. So it really all started there.”

Over the years Shane has worked tirelessly to introduce rugby into local schools and set up the Young Rugby Ambassadors Group that was the springboard for The Vixens.

Shane, who is now a Director of an Estate Administration Planning company in Coalville, is supported by his partner Sam Hagon, who manages all three squads of The Vixens.

He added: “It is amazing to coach the girls. They are a delight to work with. Receiving this award is a very humbling experience.” 

As a treat for her nomination Shane has invited Emma to choose players from each team at The Vixens to attend the Leicester Tigers match which is part of his prize.

Shane Fox receives his prize from Emma Green


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