Bridlington Rugby Club have employed their first youth development officer in a bid to bolster its junior section and promote the sport in local schools.
Jack Bell, whose nickname is Danger, arrives at Dukes Park from Leeds University, although he is originally from Gloucester.
He said: “I’m really excited for this opportunity at Bridlington. I’ve got experience of coaching from my time at Leeds University Rugby Club, where I was club captain in my final year.
“That has set me up well for this role of Youth Development Officer at Bridlington. I’m looking forward to making the most of this opportunity and repaying the club’s directors for the faith they’ve shown in me.”
His role has been created to increase the numbers of girls and boys playing rugby union in the Bridlington area, and also ties in with the RFU’s focus on boosting rugby in secondary schools and colleges.
Club sponsor Hudson Contract Services Ltd is funding Bell’s position for the first six months.
Managing director David Jackson, said: “In order to ensure the future of rugby in Bridlington we need to re-establish our junior programme.
“The club relies on the help and support of volunteers but we also acknowledge they have their own commitments too.
“With the introduction of Jack as the club’s YDO we will be able to liaise with the local schools and colleges and hopefully discover some future stars of the game.
“Last year, the first team were RFU Intermediate Cup finalists at Twickenham, and it is hoped that by developing a strong youth squad we will be able to achieve this again.”
Bridlington RUFC chairman Gordon Morrice said: “Jack will be attending a number of coaching courses run by the RFU over the next few months which, together with his shadowing work with the RFU coaches, will shortly enable him to carry out the duties necessary to achieve the club goals identified in the recently achieved Club Accreditation awarded by the RFU.
“Initially we will concentrate on the under 12s and under 15s boys teams and also to bring back the girls team. In conjunction with the existing coaches and volunteers we are also looking to increase the activities within the mini’s section which caters for the five to 10-year-olds.
“I would like to thank David Jackson and Hudson Contract for their generous sponsorship of this new role. We are now better placed to carry out the coaching activities at the club, and primary and secondary schools and the colleges in the Bridlington area.”
Coaching sessions are held weekly at Dukes Park - Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5pm for boys 11-to-16 years, Sundays 2pm to 3.30pm for girls 11-to-16 years and Sundays 10.30am to 11.30 for ages five-to-10 years.
For more details call Jack Bell on 07523 804127 or visit www.bridlingtonrufc.co.uk