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Tom Coyd to lead new coaching structure for England Wheelchair

England Wheelchair have appointed Tom Coyd as the head of a new coaching structure for next year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Coyd, a 24-year-old from the Medway Dragons club in Kent who coaches with the Argonauts Wheelchair team, will be assisted by Wayne Boardman of Halifax, an established member of the playing squad, and also Martyn Rothwell of Sheffield Hallam University. Martyn is the former coach of Loughborough University and worked for the RFL for many years in developing the sport.

They will be given specific coaching support by two members of the England Performance Unit – Stuart Barrow, who is a highly regarded Coach Developer, and Professor Ben Jones, the EPU’s Head of Performance.

Coyd’s appointment is a proud moment for his father Martin Coyd OBE, the General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League who has been the driving force behind its development – while his younger brother Joe is a member of the England playing squad.

Tom Coyd said:

“It’s hard to express how honoured I feel in being appointed as Head Coach of the England Wheelchair Rugby League team. To be able to represent my country in a sport I am so proud to be a part of is a privilege. I am now in my third year with this group and we are poised on the edge of something special. The players and our staff are a wonderful group of driven people, and I take great pleasure in working with them.

This World Cup has come at the perfect time for us, as the strength of the sport in England is increasing exponentially with fantastic support from the RFL and the EPU. I’m not sure how many people can say they get this opportunity alongside their father and brother, and I am determined to squeeze every last drop out of it. I can’t wait to see our country get behind us – we will do all we can to make them proud.”

Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Chief On-Field Officer, said:

“This is the most important and exciting period for Wheelchair Rugby League as we prepare to host the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

“England Wheelchair had a busy year in 2019 with tours to France and Australia and while their results were very encouraging, the tours also provided the opportunity for a thorough assessment of our coaching structure.

“That has led to the decision to reshape the team with the appointment of Tom Coyd as head coach. Tom has been an assistant coach since the beginning of 2018 and is highly regarded by the players, and impressed everyone with his work in France and Australia. This has been underlined with excellent leadership and innovation during the current period of restriction.

“Wayne Boardman has been a key member of the team for several years and given his considerable experience as a wheelchair athlete, has been appointed to assist Tom. Martyn Rothwell completes the coaching team, bringing huge experience and knowhow, with further support from Ben Jones and Stuart Barrow, who has focused increasingly on the England Wheelchair and Women programmes in his role with the Performance Unit.

“The RFL would like to thank Mark Roughsedge for his work with the England Wheelchair programme over recent years, and we wish him luck in his new appointment with Scotland.”

England Wheelchair are still in the process of reshaping their plans for 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Plans to host a return Ashes series this autumn have been shelved, but the players have been following individual training schedules devised by the EPU through the lockdown period, and plans will now be accelerated for squad sessions following the easing of restrictions around indoor sport announced by the Government last week.

Confirmation of the new coaching structure comes a week before the announcement next Tuesday (July 21) of the full schedule for all three Rugby League World Cups which will be held in England in 2021.

England have already been confirmed to face Australia in the opening match of the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup at the Copperbox in London on November 11, and are awaiting details of their remaining group fixtures against Spain and Norway – details here www.rlwc2021.com/the-tournament/wheelchair

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

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