With preseason already over a month in, Chiswick RFC are pleased to confirm the coaching line up for the new season. As previously announced, Nick Huggett has taken up the role of Head Coach having been with the club since the 2015/16 season, and is responsible for leading the coaching and playing effort across all senior teams. He will be assisted by familiar faces in club legend Shane Donaldson, who has coached at the club for many years following more than 20 years as a player, and Sinan Rabee, who joined mid-way through the 2016/17 season as a backs and skills coach. Nick, Shane and Sinan will be working with all the teams to ensure a consistent approach for the upcoming season.
This season Chiswick RFC also welcome Sports Therapist Ania Ciszewska as Head Physio. Ania has been treating rugby players since before she qualified in 2010, and boasts and impressive roster of previous clubs including Staines RFC, Middlesex County, Wasps Academy, Ealing RFC, Eltham RFC (Melbourne) and most recently London Welsh Amateurs. Her work specifically focuses on rehabilitation and emergency first aid, and she is also additionally trained in Acupuncture for Sports Therapists.
Marc Copperwheat has also been appointed as Club Captain for the 2017/18 season which will see him as the lead player representative with coaches and the committee and ensure there is good communication and coordination across all senior team. Marc has been in post for a number of weeks, making his presence felt across the club including organising player kit and an entire club clear out at the beginning of the season (not that the author was overly pleased with the ease at which he discarded a neatly stored pair of boots). Marc also helped organised the man power for the club weekend on 5-6 August, which saw a new floor laid in the clubhouse and storage facilities improved to house all the new kit for the season.
Chiswick RFC wishes everyone well in their new role and looks forward to a successful season.
Nick Huggett – Head Coach
Shane Donaldson – Forwards Coach
Sinan Rabee – Backs and Skills Coach
Ania Ciszewska – Head Physio
Marc Copperwheat – Club Captain