9th July 2019, 16:48 | england_lions
The England Community Lions - Women's programme has today announced that former England Women Assistant Coach, Tom Brindle, has been appointed as Head Coach.
He will be assisted by East Leeds' Glenn Swailes and York City Knights' Kay Rollinson. Both assistant coaches come with a breadth of experience from across the women's game.
In addition to the Women's programme, the England Community Lions have also appointed Aaron Scholes (Bradford Bulls) and Nick Taylor (Bradford Bulls) as volunteer physiotherapists to work across programmes, in support of Lead Physio, Gary Trueman (Pilkington Recs).
Their professional game experience and qualifications will only add value to the entirety of the England Community Lions programme.
Colin Baker has been appointed as Southern Talent ID Manager. The role will include the identification and development of players within southern league competitions and/or southern representative opportunities, to provide a clear stepping stone into the representative pathway of the England Community Lions.
Speaking on the appointments, Programme Director, Marc Lovering said: "The England Community Lions programme is designed to improve retention within the community game for players, whilst offering development opportunities for community coaches and once-in-a-lifetime playing and cultural experiences for the best of our community game's amateur players.
"The women's programme will be a fantastic addition, giving community players the opportunity to represent your country, retain more players within the community game and provide once-in-a-lifetime touring opportunities.
"We are delighted to name our head coach as Tom Brindle, an excellent coach with vast amounts of experience and knowledge to not only develop our players, but also the coaches around him.
"Tom will be assisted by Glenn Swailes, Head Coach at East Leeds, and Kay Rollinson, whom is Assistant Coach at York City Knights.
"Both coaches have extensive experience within the women's game, which they can bring to the England Community Lions pathway.
"We have also been able to recruit additional backroom volunteers, in the form of Aaron and Nick (Bradford Bulls) again with some real high-level experience and qualifications to allow us to educate and develop both the coaches and players involved in the team.
"The addition of Colin Baker, as our Southern Talent ID Manager, allows us to really look to extend the programme's pathways into the South, and fully incorporate the entirety of the playing landscape across England to truly engage and retain more players across the wider community game.
"I cannot wait to see the next 18 months for the England Community Lions Programme, which has a real buzz around it - partially down to the high calibre of staff we have been able to attract.
"I feel we have developed a strong and clear pathway for all community players to get involved and a great coaching team with the ability to deliver it."