The Rugby Football Union for Women has expanded its work force in the Midlands with the appointment of two Club and Coach Officers (CCOs).
The CCOs, who are two of ten CCOS recently appointed, will be responsible for supporting the development of women’s and girls rugby across the region. They will have an extensive remit which will include player development, coach development and club development.
Laura Jayne Adams moves from being a Regional Judo Development Officer and Community Rugby Coach to CCO in the East Midlands.
Adams said: “I am looking forward to getting out in the region and coaching in the county and regional programs as well as working closely with the clubs and their coaching structures.”
Andy Paton also joins the RFUW on a full time basis after several years of working with the union as a sessional member of the coaching team. His area is the West Midlands.
Paton, who lives in Whitchurch, Shropshire, said: “This is a very new and exciting role for me. I will be working with players and coaches within the West Midlands at club, county and regional level to help improve both the standard of the playing and also the coaching. One of the most exciting prospects will be working with the younger age groups and identifying the talented players in my region who can be integrated into the Schools of Rugby and the Talent Development Group.”
The appointment of the ten RFUW CCOs across the country has been supported by Sport England who awarded the union £1.4 million over three years in August. These monies have been specifically designated to be spent nationally to support club coach development.