Sidmouth RFC unveil Exeter Chiefs star as a new coach

Sidmouth RFC have announced Exeter Chiefs hooker Neil Clark as their new forwards coach for the upcoming 2011/2012 season. Clark, who made his debut for Exeter in 1999, has been signed to significantly strengthen the existing coaching set up, and will add technical knowledge and years of experience that comes from playing the game at the highest level.

Sidmouth have spent the off-season working hard to get Clark onboard and were delighted when he expressed his commitment to the club to work with head coach Max Hansford. Clark’s appointment represents another step forward for a club that has big ambitions. With junior England honours and over a decade of rugby playing for clubs such as Bristol, Bath and the Cornish All Blacks, Clark will undoubtedly bring a high level of professionalism and technical understanding to an already proven successful coaching set-up.

“I wanted to join Sidmouth because it is renowned to be a great rugby town with a talented bunch of boys. From what I’ve seen at pre season training so far it’s all true. I had a couple of options to start my coaching career but I’m really glad I chose Sidmouth”

The Exeter chiefs coaching team have been encouraging their players to gain their coaching badges within the local area; “I moved in to coaching because it's something I enjoy doing and I felt that now is the right time in my career for me to start, with no better place than Sidmouth to do it. I was also encouraged by our coaches to get involved with an ambitious, youthful club like Sidmouth who will hopefully benefit from my experience”.

“I feel that I can learn a great deal from Sidmouth and Sidmouth can learn a lot from me, so I'm looking forward to building a relationship with the club this season”.

With the announcement of Clark joining the coaching team and the influx of new players into the squad these are exciting times for Sidmouth rugby club, as they enter their 4th season playing South West One rugby. Club captain Richardson said “Neil Clark coming in and new players coming in will only strengthen Sidmouth rugby across all three teams, if anyone would like to be a part of what we’re trying to achieve then we urge you to come down to training now and be a part of our club”.

While Sidmouth RFC high ambitions, league targets and season aspirations, Clark has reminded the squad why Exeter chiefs have been so successful; “My ambition for the club is to ensure that they enjoying playing as a team. That's one of the main reasons the chiefs have been so successful, we enjoy each others company and enjoy playing rugby together. So I will be trying to bring that ethos in to the club along with a few technical points along the way.