Swindon Storm’s 2019 campaign will be a joint effort after the club decided to adopt a “committee head coach role” for the season ahead.
Following the departure of last season’s head coach Rich Van Sloten, Storm will pin their hopes of success on some familiar faces at club.
Coaches Andy Wilson and Richard Westley will be orchestrating matters from the sidelines and are both relishing the challenge ahead in the SFC 2 South Division.
Speaking at the club’s recruitment day, Wilson explained the new role, saying: “Our head coach left us at the end of last season and where we’ve previously looked outside of the club it hasn’t previously worked.
“So at the AGM we discussed it and decided we’d run things a little bit differently and that we’d have just a committee head coach role.
“We had over 30 players turn up to the first training session. We have all our plans in place and we are ready to roll.”
Westley meanwhile is confident that this season’s squad will be stronger than ever.
“(Last season) I think we did well on the defensive side with the ball but took a bit longer on the offensive side to get working,” said Westley. “We did have a lot of key injuries, which meant that we lost a lot of our key skilled players on offence.
“We have retained well from the team that we had last year. That included a lot of first year players, so they are only going to grow and get stronger and with the recruitment that we have got here today, we are definitely going to be stronger.”
Swindon Storm’s season doesn’t get under way until May when they will take on the likes of Cornish Sharks, Jurassic Coast Raptors, Somerset Wyverns, South Wales Warriors, Torbay Trojans and Worcestershire Black Knights.
Anyone interested in getting involved should visit the Swindon Storm website www.swindonstorm.org