Press Release: 25th May 2019 Brian Ashton MBE


Brian Ashton MBE becomes Springboard’s first Ambassador

SPRINGBOARD OPPORTUNITY GROUP CHIPPENHAM provides a safe and stimulating environment for pre-school children from birth to 5 years with special educational needs and disabilities.

Brian Ashton is a grandfather to one of these special children. Torben his grandson has Cerebral Palsy and attends Springboard each week.  ‘I have seen a life changing difference in Torben since he started at Springboard, and I wanted to give something back for the wonderful work the team do’. Said Brian.

‘It is an honour to be asked to be a Springboard Ambassador. I hope to be able to help as much as possible in various ways’, he added.

One of Brian’s first tasks will be at Springboard’s Charity Golf Day on 24th June where he will auction one or two items at the dinner. He is also booked for Corsham Childminders Jungle walk on 26th June at Corsham Cricket Club as they are raising funds for Springboard this year. Brian will be reading to the children before they set off on their sponsored walk.

Jane Boulton, Springboard’s Manager said ‘We are genuinely delighted at Springboard to have Brian on board as our inaugural ambassador. It is certainly a game changer for us having somebody so high profile helping us achieve the work that we do.’

Springboard was founded in 1976 and over the last 43 years has become an essential service to pre-school aged children with special needs in North Wiltshire.


Brian Ashton MBE

Brian was born in Leigh in Lancashire and aged 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Grammar School Lancaster attending as a boarder. Despite being better known for his exploits in the world of Rugby, Brian taught History and Games in all areas of Secondary Schooling between 1969–1996. An all-round sportsman in his youth Brian played Rugby Union, Cricket and Football at various representative levels. Rugby was his choice and he played club level in Lancashire for Fylde and Orrell. He also represented Lancashire, North West Counties, North of England, the Barbarians and was on England senior Tour of Australia in 1975. He also spent 4 years playing in France and Italy. On his return to England he was involved from 1984 – 2008 in 86 International games with the senior England Rugby team including:

1999 World Cup – quarter finalists (Assistant coach)

2003 World Cup – Winners (Assistant coach)

2007 World Cup – runners up (Head Coach)

During his career Brian was head coach of Ireland from 1996-8 and helped to coach a very successful Bath side between 1988-96 to 6 Premiership titles and 7 England Club cup final victories.

Since 2008 Brian has developed his coaching consultancy business in the world of Sport, Education and Business. He has acted as a mentor for the England Cricket board, England Netball, England Rugby, and the International Rugby Academy, New Zealand. His current major focus is mentoring coaches in the world of professional football visiting Premiership Clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Burnley and Newcastle United.

He has been variously described in the media as; Visionary with a touch of steel; Messiah or misfit; the Lost Prophet of England Rugby. Brian prefers to refer to himself, at the young age of 72, as ‘Becoming a Coach’.