London Broncos are pleased to confirm Jamaican international and former London Skolars Scrum Half Jy-mel Coleman has joined the club as Assistant Coach and Reserves Head Coach.
The 33-year-old links up with his brother and Broncos Head Coach Jermaine Coleman to lead the club into our exciting new era at AFC Wimbledon’s 9,000 capacity Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Jy-mel has played Rugby League on a semi-professional basis for 13 years, representing clubs including Keighley Cougars, Dewsbury Rams and Hemel Stags and started his coaching career in 2017.
Ahead of our Betfred Championship opener at home to Widnes Vikings on Sunday, January 30, Jy-mel revealed he is excited to get stuck into a new challenge by establishing fresh foundations at the Broncos.
He added: “This is a massively exciting time for London Broncos, and I’m really pleased to be part of the club’s new era. It’s a fresh start at a new stadium where we can build foundations which will define our short and long-term aspirations.
“I jumped at the opportunity when it was presented to me and moved heaven and earth to commit myself to the role.
“Through my time with London Skolars, I know exactly what Rugby League means in the capital and what it takes for an individual and team to be successful. I’ve seen young players develop and fulfil successful careers in the sport.
“Our already established pathway for talented southern players will continue to be at the heart of our work and I’m excited to be part of this journey.”
Jy-mel’s arrival marks the first time brothers have led the Broncos from the touchline.
He believes working with Jermaine will add significant value to players’ training sessions and motivation on matchdays due to their commitment and ability to work with all personalities.
Between them, the Coleman brothers will also work closely with and monitor the Broncos’ reserves squad so first-team and U18s players can develop in a competitive environment.
Broncos Reserves will also provide southern-based amateur players with a platform to showcase their ability and earn a professional contract, something Jy-mel believes will strengthen the Broncos’ partnerships with community clubs.
“Me and Jermaine get on really well,” added Coleman. “We’re a bit geeky really, we like to break elements of play down into as much detail possible and leave no stone unturned concerning preparation.
“In terms of delivery, we’re chalk and cheese which we will use to our strength. Jermaine is your typical cool, calm and collected coach whereas I tend to speak more directly.
“I strongly believe the squad will benefit from this as we’ll be able to accommodate all personalities. This is my first role at this level, and I’m determined to make my mark.
“I’ve heard great things about the fanbase too so look forward to meeting everyone at our first match in two weeks’ time.”
Watch Jy-mel and London Broncos take to the field for the first time this season on Sunday, January 30, when Widnes Vikings are the first team to visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets can be purchased here.