London Broncos are pleased to announce Huw Goodwin as their new scholarship head coach for 2016. Goodwin, 33, joined the scholarship programme as an assistant coach for the past three years after impressing in the community game, particularly in his role with the Midlands RFL scholarship programme where he coached current Broncos first team player, Matt Davis, among others.
Goodwin, a clinical psychologist, is a former semi-professional rugby league player having played for the Union Villefranche Cahors side in France. The new Broncos scholarship head coach is also a former Great Britain international handball player and spent time in Denmark honing his skills as he set his sights on representing Great Britain at the Olympics.
Commenting on his new role, Huw Goodwin said “I am deeply honoured to have been given the position as head coach of the London Broncos scholarship and I’m really excited to be getting started.
“It feels like a long time since I was last working with the Scholarship after helping out with the Academy throughout the summer and I’m genuinely looking forward to getting my teeth into the new role.
“We’ve got a few really good boys who were with us last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve developed and see how they take on a senior role in the team.
“Myself, John Isaac and Rob Powell have been out to look at the origin series, the community rugby league and we’ve now got an idea of who we want to bring in to add to our already talented squad of players. We want to get those players in the right environment, challenge them and see them develop.
“For everyone at the club to be based at the same location this year will be great for us as the scholarship, the players will be able to see the potential pathways that are available at the London Broncos, and be able to work with the first team and academy on occasions. We have so much sporting talent available to us in London and it is vital that we can show that the pathways don’t just stop at sixteen or eighteen years old, they go right through to the open age and first team.
London Broncos head coach, Andrew Henderson said “Huw has worked extremely hard to improve himself as a coach since joining the scholarship programme and I have seen him develop over the past year immensely.
“He took it on himself to take time out to come and observe some first team sessions through the year as well as assisting with the Academy side once the scholarship season had finished and I feel that this is a great reward for all the hard work Huw has put in.
“Rob Powell has worked closely with, and mentored Huw over the past year and feels he is ready to step up as a head coach. I believe he will do a great job improving our younger players in preparing them for the next stage of ther development. I must highlight it is great to show that the London Broncos has clear pathway’s both on and off the field and we are delighted to have retained Huw as a member of our coaching staff for the 2016 season.