Westcliff RFC announce appointment of new Head Coach

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Westcliff RFC have appointed Jacob Ford as Head Coach for their forthcoming National 2 Division South season. 

Jacob is the son of Rugby League legend and former England defence coach Mike Ford and brother of George Ford, current England and Leicester Tigers fly half.  He is the youngest ever to qualify as an RFU Level 3 coach!

Westcliff’s Director of Rugby, Peter Mahoney, confirms “We are very excited about this appointment.  Jacob is a very impressive young man with an obvious pedigree and arrives after a season coaching at Loughborough University.  He’s perfect for Westcliff and will be working alongside our existing and highly experienced coaches”

Skills Coach Kent Bray is also positive.  “Jacob fits well with every aspect of the club.  He’s talented, organised and motivated and he’s also very confident.  Let’s be completely honest, it could appear from the outside that the club has taken a great leap of faith to appoint a 21 year old Head Coach ahead of such an important and challenging season but having met him and observed him coaching I would say the right decision was made.  In so many ways it is completely in line with the club spirit which promotes youth and values everyone for their talent and skills”.

Mahoney adds “If you are an aspiring young rugby player then look no further.  We are creating a playing environment which is second to none.  Jacob is a serious addition and will lead a group of coaches including John Rudd, Kent Bray, Joe Vandermolen, and Jackson Wray that even before his appointment would already have been the envy of any club in the country!”

Westcliff train at their ground on Aviation Way on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 7.30 and Saturday mornings at 9.00.  All new players are welcome!