London Broncos can today announce the Head Coaches for both the Under 18 and Under 16 Scholarship squads for 2020.
Huw Goodwin has decided to step down from the role of Academy Head Coach following an extremely successful 2019 campaign where the squad finished 5th in their League and the club wish him well for the future.
The role, now of Under 18’s Academy Head Coach will be taken over by Colin Baker who moves from the Scholarship squad.
The Under 16’s squad will be coached by Chris Baxter who returns to the club after a period of 6 years. The Broncos have been determined to expand their Academy recruitment programme and Baxter will not only coach the Squad but will work alongside Rob Powell as Talent Performance Manager. This new role will be focused on engaging young players throughout London & the South with a view to them following the Broncos Player Pathway.
New U16’s Coach, Baxter, said, “I can’t wait to get started and get to work in the Scholarship Head Coach role while also creating the new role of Talent Performance Manager. It’s really exciting for me to come back to the Broncos. Working with Oxford in league one for two years has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone but I am hopefully coming back a better coach after learning a lot from being involved in another type of performance program. Its a really exciting time to be involved with London Broncos.”
Colin Baker, who moves to the Under 18’s from the Scholarship squad, said, “I am really excited to be coaching the London Broncos Academy side this year. It is always a honour to be part of the London pathway that has consistently produced so many players of Super League level.”
Head of Youth Development, Rob Powell, told us, “I really look forward to seeing Chris and Colin working within their new roles as both are Broncos stalwarts.”
“It continues the clubs ethos of promoting from within as Colin moves from Head Coach of Under 16’s up to Head Coach of the Under 18’s. Chris returns to the club having previously worked and coached within the academy structure and will add some valuable experience to the scholarship programme.”
“I would like to thank Huw Goodwin for all his efforts over the last few years and in particular in the success he has experienced within the Under 19’s having attained the highest league position whilst the format of under 19’s existed – Huw steps back for personal reasons but we know he will continue to support the club in a less time consuming role.”