Keynsham RFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Harvey Skelton and Matt Dew as Head Coaches for the 2019/20 along with the acquisition of Hayden Johnson as 1st XV Captain.
After an initial interview with chairman Craig Wetton and Senior Chairman of Playing John Pearce it was very clear that their coaching ethos, enthusiasm and ambition was something that aligns with what the club wants to achieve.
Harvey and Matt have a wealth of playing experience behind them. They have both played National League Rugby and have been involved with both professional and semi-professional set ups. Matt has been involved in the sporting and coaching sphere since College and Harvey works professionally as a rugby coach, currently at Gloucester Academy. After both plying their trade as Club coaches at Old Reds under the guidance of Saul Nelson they then joined forces and had a very successful 2 years as head coaches at Chipping Sodbury where they guided them to promotion to Western Counties North in their first year and finished a very respectable 6thin their second season. This was the highest league place finish in the club’s history. The young prospects have proved to be a balanced paring who we consider to be the perfect successors to the quality foundations already in place at the club.
As many of you already know Jack Weston stepped down from his role as 1st XV captain at the end of the season after a 4 year stint. We would like to congratulate Jack on the fantastic job he has done in helping Jase and Kev in the development of 1st XV to the level they are at, the club would like to thank him for his efforts over this long period of time. Jack will be continuing his playing career at the club and is looking forward to being injury free next season.
After discussion with the committee and senior players the club are happy to announce that Hayden Johnson has been named as 1stXV captain for 2019-2020 season. Hayden has played over 80 games for Keynsham and after a short sabbatical at Cleve returned to the club in February to complete the season. We wish Hayden the best of luck in this role.
Preparations are already underway for the new season and with the announcement of the new coaches, Matt and Harvey would like to take the chance to invite the players down to the club on the 20th June for a BBQ, beers and a chance for them to get acquainted with the senior players. We look forward to seeing you then. Up the K’s!