Continuity is key to coaching team

First XV // Friday 21st July 2023

Director of Rugby, Adam Balding today confirmed his Coaching team for the 2023/24 season, and continuity is the name of the game.

Clearly in National One successful sides have demonstrated continuity of squad is essential to be challenging at the top of the table. When the same coaching team returns for a new season, they have already established relationships with the players. This allows for a smoother transition into the new season and helps to build on the progress made in the previous season. Continuity also promotes a sense of stability within the team, which can positively impact morale and team cohesion.

To that end Adam has retained all the key individuals from last season. Once again Pete Glackin will assume the role of head coach. With a wealth of experience at National One and Championship level Pete will be the architect of the team’s strategy as they take to the field.

Supporting Pete will be former South African international Ashley Johnson as scrum & defence coach and Rob Fuller taking responsibility for lineouts & the breakdown.

With a background in Olympic sport training Rob Norman will taking control of the pre-season build up as strength and conditioning coach, to once again build one of the fittest squads in the division.

Elle Hume will lead the physiotherapy supported by Naomi Johnson, Jack Richards will provide player & match analysis while Harley Williams will act as 1st XV Manager.

Overall, the re-signing of the experienced coaching team is a positive step for the club looking to move forward into the new season. With their wealth of knowledge and established relationships, the team can work together to achieve success.

Adam Balding commented:

“The continuity of management is equally as important as having continuity within the playing squad, to have a coaching team headed up by Peter Glackin which is supported by both Ashely Johnson and Rob Fuller shows the ambition and direction we are wanting to move in as a playing group and also the brand of rugby we are wanting to continue to develop here at Birmingham Moseley.

The wealth of experience and knowledge within the game that the coaches bring really drives the high performance element which we are looking for both on and off the field. Supported by Rob Norman as head of S&C, Elly Hulme head physio and Naomi Johnson assistant first team physio they will again continue to keep players fit and on the pitch throughout the coming season.

Harley Williams continues as first team manager where he will be supported by a first team Kit Coordinator as the demands at this level increase year on year. Tomorrow sees the squad complete the 5th week of pre-season and what has been delivered by the Coaching team so far has been absolutely outstanding and has laid solid foundations for the players to build on as we now look to return to Billesley before welcoming Luctonians RFC at home on the 12th August.”