The Open Age team has recently appointed a new coach - Craig Westmoreland - and now is a good time to introduce Craig and hear about his aims for the team.
Craig was recently on the coaching staff of the Bradford Bulls Under 16s and Scholarship for over a year before deciding to leave to come to Stanley Rangers. Whilst at Bradford he coached the Yorkshire Student Rep team to the regional championship this year. Prior to this he was Head Coach of Bradford University Rugby League for 3 years obtaining 2 varsity wins , league runners-up,promotion and Coach of Year 2010.
Craig is keen to be involved with Stanley Rangers who he sees as a massive club, with a proud tradition and unfortunately having a rough ride at the moment. As he says "my past coaching career has been based on taking a struggling team and turning it round. Coaching at Bradford Bulls was a good experience and I am still on the scholarship system, however I feel that with the support and belief of players and the club, I and Mick Loveday know we can climb up the table sooner, rather later. I am looking to implement a fresh approach to training and structure to the Open Age squad. In order for myself and Mick to do this we need to pull together and train as much as possible. If for some reason players are unable to play but would like to still be involved, please attend training and help build a positive culture within the club. Results don't just need to appear on the pitch, they need to shown off the pitch too".
Thanks to Craig for taking the time to share his views and experience with us and we wish him luck in his new position at our club.