Academy U18 and U16 Coaching changes for the new season

As a continuation of the Academy restructure we are pleased to announce some changes to the Academy structure for the coming season.

In the Academy U18 group Dave Samuel will take over as Head Coach having looked after the backs last season. Dave is a RFU Level 2 Coach and has coached Middlesex at  U15/16 and U23 levels.

Senior Pro Squad hooker Karl Gibson moves up from last seasons U16 squad to take over as forwards coach, bringing great experience of the modern game to the squad and providing continuity to the new U17 group as they integrate into the Academy.

The Academy U16 group will be led by Paul Johnson who worked with the Emerging Player Group last season alongside his role with the U15.

David Higgins will work with the forwards. David is also a RFU level 2 coach and has worked Middlesex at U15 and U16 level and is a former Club Captain. He will be able to instil just what it means to play for Ealing in our young players. Paul Hoban and Bill Miller will also move into the Academy coaching structure to assist Paul and Dave.

Academy Director John Lacey said ” These changes further enhance our ability to provide a clear player development pathway at Ealing Trailfinders, Dave has vast coaching experience in this age group and Karl will bring real energy and currency to the U18s and also demonstrate a tangible connection to the Senior Pro Squad.

“In the U16 group Paul worked really hard with last seasons Emerging Player Group and will be able to use the knowledge he gained to develop our youngest Academy Players, David will work hard on the tackle, breakdown and on continuity, his work in this area last season was excellent with the Academy U18. I believe we have the structure and personnel in place to deliver a great programme to our young players next season.”