Paul Allen has been appointed Head Coach of Shelford Rugby Club with effect from 1st June 2019.
Paul had a 22-year career in the Bedfordshire and Metropolitan Police but took a three-year career break between 1996 and 1999 to play professional rugby for Bedford, under Director of Rugby Geoff Cooke. Paul has also played rugby for Tabard, Penguins and Hertfordshire.
After leaving the police service in 2012, Paul became Director of Rugby at Luton Rugby Club and had two top-five finishes in his two seasons at the Club. In 2014 Paul joined Hertford Rugby Club as Director of Rugby and in his three seasons at Hertford he led the Club to three top-six finishes. Since 2017 Paul has been part of the senior coaching team at Ampthill who are currently sitting in second place in National League 1. Paul will also continue as part of coaching team for Hertfordshire.
Between 2012 and 2017 Paul was Head of Rugby and the Schools Programme Manager for Sky TV’s ‘School of Hard Knocks’, taking rugby to young people with challenging life circumstances enabling them to make positive changes to lifestyle, self-esteem and helped to create career opportunities.
Rory Finlayson (President of Shelford Rugby Club) said:
“We are delighted to have been able to appoint Paul as Shelford’s Head Coach for next season. Paul will bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the role and will help the Club to achieve our ambitious vision for the coming seasons.”
Paul Allen said:
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“It is a huge privilege to be joining Shelford, a club with huge ambition, outstanding facilities and a strong commitment to developing young local players. I’m looking forward to working with the senior playing squad but also to working with players and coaches from across the Club’s six adult sides and with the successful mini and youth set-up.”