Chiswick Rugby Brings in Three New Coaches
More additions made to back room staff for next season
Chiswick Rugby club have concluded an energetic off-season with the announcement of three new coaches for the club.
They have brought in Tom ‘Dubby’ Doubleday and James Snape as Senior Coaches. Working with Head Coach Andy Barrington, the new coaching duo will plan and execute coaching across the whole club. With rich and varied playing and coaching experience, Tom and James came together at Imperial Medics, where they are acting Directors of Rugby and head coaches.
James said "We were looking for an ambitious club with a friendly atmosphere. Chiswick, with the new AGP up and running and the clubhouse extension planned, is the forward looking club we wanted. Dubby and I can’t wait to get stuck in with the coaches and players.”
In addition Chiswick his secured the services of current London Irish player Tom Stephenson. Tom spent some time with Chiswick Rugby last season and has now committed to a more dedicated role. He will bring a professional eye to the performance squad, concentrating on backs play in attack and defence.
Tom Wheelock continues as Head of Strength & Conditioning at the club. His knowledge and contribution had a major impact throughout last season and he plans to be even more effective in the coming year.
Head Coach Andy Barrington adds, "We do not have the resources of other local clubs. I’m delighted that Chiswick has decided to invest where it will have the biggest direct impact on the training and playing environment - the people. These appointments, along with an expanded medical support team, demonstrates our commitment to the players. Our ambition is to be the most admired amateur rugby club in West London. A few years ago the club started mini rugby and now we have hundreds of children playing every week. We are advancing across the club in everything we do and I hope sustained growth and success on and off the field will go hand in hand."
The club is also continuing to improve the rugby training and playing environment by investing in additional medical support this coming season. With increased spotlight on player injuries and the negative effect this might have on recruiting young players into the game, Chiswick have made two new appointments, as well as making plans for a new treatment room to be built as part of the club extension in early 2020.
Ania Ciszewska continues to head up the medical team, working with all players during the week and providing pitchside cover for the 1st XV on Saturday. She takes responsibility for the recording and management of player injuries and return-to-play planning, working with S&C coach Thomas Wheelock. Of working with Chiswick players, Ania says ‘for the most part, the boys listen to the advice they’re given and recognise the importance of injury treatment and rehabilitation. I’m delighted that Chiswick Rugby takes players’ health seriously and is investing in this area’.
Student physiotherapist Keely Empson will be supporting the 3rd and 4th XV for the coming season. Keely has had plenty of experience, working with Cardiff Met and Cardiff Blue Dragons rugby league teams. She’s actually currently training with a local club side and will play her first game this July.
Chairman Kelvin said ‘our aim is to have high quality cover for every team. The club exists to offer rugby players of all standards a safe and enjoyable environment to play rugby. This season we have increased both our coaching and medical teams and we hope this provides a platform to fulfil our vision to become West London’s most successful amateur rugby club.’
The club welcomes new players and coaches of all ages and standards. Visit their website to find out more details or call Andy Barrington on 07950 257802.
July 8, 2019