First of all, I am sure we all want to congratulate both Anna and Maggie on their appointments, a huge credit to them and as a Club we are really proud of them. These roles will be brilliant to support their personal development as coaches, being part of a university recognised for its sporting excellence. Our athletes benefit hugely from these coaches and the context they create, this is one of the things that sets us apart as a performance club. As we have seen from the last year, Loughborough has also opened new opportunities for our athletes, particularly at U21 level, which has really benefitted those athletes.
You will appreciate that we are working through the implications of this news for the Club, and indeed will be doing so when SL fixtures are published.
We expect Anna to continue to play the role as our head coach, but clearly she will not be able to do as much delivery – training and prem games – particularly as the SL season gets closer. For seniors, we are lucky to have Jan who coaches on a Thursday and is a very experienced performance coach, with a great season with Loughborough U21 last year also under her belt. We also have senior experienced athletes who can lead teams. Maggie will continue to coach U16s Thursday sessions throughout the season and oversee Sen Regional and WY Seniors, but some delivery will be impacted during the SL season. We will know the specific impact more once SL fixtures are published. We are lucky that we have Susie as assistant coach for U16, and experienced senior players who can lead our senior regional and WY senior squads on match day. There is less of an impact on the younger age groups at the Club where we will have continuity from our range of excellent coaches.
We will keep you posted with developments. I am not at training much this week, because I am going to support our colleagues who are launching the Leeds Rhinos Women's SuperLeague Rugby team, but I will be around the following week or you can email me if you have any questions.
Good luck to all those playing at the weekend, across junior and senior fixtures. We had two wins and one loss last weekend in Juniors. Well done to those selected into Rhinos academies, for those who didn’t don’t give up, work hard and bounce back.
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