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Beccehamian RFC appoint new Head Coach

Beccehamian RFC appoint new Head Coach

Daniel Kemp9 May - 06:00
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The King is dead, Long Live the King

sent on behalf of Doug Murray, Beccehamian RFC Director of Rugby

After 7 very successful years as head coach the club bids farewell to Dave Sia. Dave’s record speak volumes for his coaching and management skills - achieving back to back promotions in 2017/18 (Kent 1 Champions) and 2018/19 (as Runners up in London South East 3) the 1st XV have been playing in London South East Division Counties 1 Kent (Level 7) culminating in an unbeaten home record this season 2023/24: Played 21, Won 17 & best points difference in the league @ 477.
A demolition of league champions Canterbury 2s (63-0) should have been a fitting home finale to a great season and seen Becc’s get a fully deserved promotion in to Regional 2 South East (Level 6). Sadly our promotion plans were scuppered by a very disappointing ruling and subsequent points deduction. Nonetheless, we are hugely indebted to Dave and thank him for his commitment and dedication throughout his time at Beccs, and wish him and his family all the best for the future and a fully deserved rest.

However, with every ending brings a new beginning, and new opportunities. We are extremely excited to announce that we have secured the services of Jack Leech as Head Coach, and retained club stalwart Dave Watkins aka “Mary”. We believe that together they will form a formidable coaching team as we embark on the 2024/25 campaign to go one better.

Jack is currently the Director of Rugby at Hayes secondary school and comes across to us from recently being Head Coach/Player at Old Caterhamians, guiding them to back to back promotions.

On top of this Jack has been and is actively involved with numerous other pathways such as the Saracens PDG, Ealing EPP, The national Lambs as well as helping out with Kent and CoE south east.

Jack’s involvement at Hayes will ensure that we continue and look to build and develop our strong relationship with the school.

As a player Jack came through the Exeter Chiefs AASE academy. He has spent most of his playing days playing between level 5 and level 7 at clubs such as Newton Abbot, Sidcup , Old Reigations and Maidstone. Jack has also spent time playing in Australia (picking up South Australia u21 caps) and Wales (representing the Carmarthen warriors 7s) and this experience has helped shape his coaching philosophy.

On his appointment, Jack said: ‘I’m really excited to get going with Beccs, it’s a club with a brilliant local reputation and I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces that have progressed through Hayes into the Men’s game. Dave has built some really solid foundations for the club in the last 7 years and I’m looking forward to kick on with such an ambitious club and see how far we can go!’ “

We will be looking to Introduce Jack across the various sections of the club over the coming months, but in the meantime please join me in welcoming Jack in to the Beccehamian family and look to give him and Mary your full support for the campaign ahead.

We are planning to get pre-season underway, with first stage to run from mid-June to mid-July, followed by a 2 week break (players run a touch club) and then full on prep from the end of July through to the start of the season. The first pre-season session will be on Monday 10th June.

“One squad, One Club” - “We play to enjoy, we play to win , we enjoy playing“

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