CASTLEFORD Rugby Union Club have appointed a former Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Wildcats coach as the club’s new director of rugby.
Richard Pell (above) brings with him a wealth of playing and coaching experience from within both Rugby League and Union and will oversee all rugby playing activities and development from the youngest squad in the junior section through to the first team.
This is a key appointment for the club and shows a determination to provide a pathway for players to progress through the junior ranks then play senior rugby.
Pell, who is working towards his level 3 coaching qualification, has coached Yorkshire schoolboys and England schoolboys at national camps. He has vast experience at amateur and professional levels and has coached the academy and reserve teams at Wakefield Wildcats and Castleford Tigers and is currently head of talent ID at Huddersfield Giants.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining Castleford RUFC in the new role as director of rugby. The club has a very strong history and tradition at open age level and I have been struck by the standard of an exciting junior section.
“I saw the great potential here and could appreciate the club’s vision and I am pleased that it is open to boys and girls. There has been a meeting of minds and I share the optimism to eventually have our senior squads made up of players who have come through the junior section at the club.
“I would like to encourage junior players to seek representative honours as part of the development of their potential. I am really looking forward to getting to know and work with all the coaches and players from the tag rugby right through to the first XV during the season.”
John Gott, Castleford RUFC’s new chairman, added: “Richard is a great guy and his appointment is a bold move for the club.
“Castleford is a hotbed of rugby talent and he can help develop that talent. The time is right to break down barriers between the two codes and Richard is very much the man to help us do so. He will help secure the future of the club.
“In addition to his general duties he will join the coaching team for the club’s under 15 squad who are looking forward to entering the Yorkshire Cup for the first time and he will also assist the district coaching team.”
The Club and Richard are keen to welcome new players of all ages, abilities and levels of experience for their junior and senior squads.