Castleford Tigers have added to their scholarship set up with the appointment of Ian Gayles as the new under 16s player welfare officer.
Gayles brings a wealth of experience to the role and is looking forward to working with the Tigers.
He said: “I’ve been involved within the local rugby scene for quite some time having both played and coached at Castleford Lock Lane and I got involved with the Embed the Pathway workshops last year as one of the coaches.
“It was during these workshops that Pete Riding offered me the chance to come on board with the Tigers.
“I’m looking forward to working for a team that I have supported for a number of years myself.
“Rekindling a working relationship with Pete Riding and his team will be great and just giving something back to the community will be a great opportunity for me.”
The role will see Gayles aim to bridge the gap between coaches and players
He added: “I have dealt with young players a lot and I have experience through my daily work with having to deal with welfare issues. I’m hoping to be a sounding board for the young lads if they find it hard to approach the coaches, providing that vital link.”
Speaking on the appointment Tigers head of youth Pete Riding said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the club. I know that the skill set that he holds will add a tremendous amount of support to our young players off the field.
“His experience of dealing with difficult situations will compliment the program we have in place here at the Tigers “