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St Albans Centurions announce new coaching team
12:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Local Sport
St Albans Centurions have announced Obi Ijeoma as their new head coach for the 2014 season.
Cents stalwart Andy Lake has been confirmed as his number two while Tony Bottomley will continue as team manager.
Centurions chairman Brian Parker: said “We are very pleased to have two people like Obi and Andy on the coaching side at the club.
“Obi brings with him a wealth of experience not only in coaching, but in playing too, he has played the sport for over two decades, including time at London Skolars, where he debuted in the club's inaugural professional season.
“Andy Lake is one of St Albans’ success stories. As a player he has few equals, being selected to play at international levels for Great Britain Lions and England Lionhearts. Together I think they will make a great team.”
Ijeoma started his coaching career with Aylesbury Knights. In 2009 he went on to coach at Brunel University.
The new head coach said: “I am excited to take on this role and I hope to lead the team forward in the new season.
“I am determined to spearhead the club into being an integral and successful part of the sporting community in St Albans, and to bring success in the London Premiership, where we will be playing next season.”
St Albans have also announced a new scheme with local rugby union club Tabard from Radlett.
Cents committee member Dave Stevens said: “Cents and Tabard have joined together in a new venture, which will see us sharing players and training in our respective off seasons.
“The Centurions play their rugby league during the summer months whilst Tabard play their rugby union in the winter months, so we have joined together to offer a pathway between our clubs for players from either code to attend each others' training sessions during their off-season to keep up training and levels of fitness.
“If a player is offered a game by the other club, then that is OK as well. Already four of our lads have played for Tabard's first team and another four or five have been training with them. It’s a reciprocal thing, so next spring we hope to see some of the Tabard boys training and playing for the Cents.”
Tabard chairman Phil Calnan said: “This link represents a step forward for both clubs as well as for rugby in general, as both codes have been getting closer together in the way the game is played.
“This is of course evidenced in the way the top union sides as well as international teams have been using rugby league coaches for some time and we are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Cents.”
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