Head of Athletic Development helps England Touch Rugby side to European Championship success
5th September 2018

A staff member at Rydal Penrhos helped a national touch rugby side achieve an international competition success over the summer.

Joe Trickey, who is the school’s Head of Athletic Development, was part of the coaching staff for the England Touch Rugby Association’s tilt at the European Championships, which took place at the Highfields Sports Complex in Nottingham.

Based mainly with the Senior and Masters squads, Mr Trickey’s job was to create and distribute training programmes with the aim of preparing the athletes to perform at a high intensity at the event, something which brought with it a series of outstanding performances from the group.

During the tournament he was based the Mixed Open Squad, supporting warm-ups and warm-downs before and after matches.

In addition to this, Mr Trickey fulfilled many tasks for various squads, such as; leading pool recovery sessions, conducting match fitness tests, and collecting wellbeing and neuromuscular function data.

The tournament was a huge success for the English squad, who picked up six gold, three silver and one bronze medal, ensuring they were crowned European Champions overall.

Mr Trickey will now begin his new role in developing pupils and sports scholars at Rydal Penrhos’ fantastic programme, and will be back with the England set-up as they begin preparing for next year’s World Cup in Malaysia.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “This is a fantastic achievement from the England squad and Joe can be enormously proud of his contribution to their success.

“He is a superb motivator who is very passionate about personal and physical development, something that we are very fortunate to have at Rydal Penrhos and has benefitted our aspiring athletes considerably.”

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