James Simpson – Forwards Coach / Lead U18 Coach / U18 Manager
As well as coaching in the Academy James is TJs Club Captain and oversees senior rugby from the 2nd XV down as well as the Ladies and Junior sections. James is a former 1st XV player and former 1st and 2nd XV Head Coach. This season James will lead the U18 team that is entering the Kent League for the first time as well as coaching other age group forward units and breakdown skills across the Academy. In addition to this James will be administration manager to the U18 age group.
Barry Walsh – Forwards Coach / 3rd and 4th Team Liaison
Barry has been part of the Academy coaching team since the 2013 restructure and focuses his tie working with forwards in all age groups. Barry is currently senior 4th XV Captain and will act as a link to those 17 and 18 year old Academy boys who would like to start their senior rugby carriers in the lower end teams.
Jamie Ansell – Academy Coach / U17 Manager
Jamie joined the Academy coaching set up at the start of last season and is a valuable member of the team. A former Judd School and Old Juddians 1st XV player, Jamie brings knowledge and enthusiasm to his role. In addition to his coaching duties Jamie acts as administration manager to the U17 age group and is also the resident Academy statistician.
James Goldsworthy – Backs / Skills Coach
James is new to the Academy coaching set up this year having worked with the U15s last season. He brings a wealth of experience as a former TJs 1st XV player and whilst coaching backs and individual skills across all age groups of the Academy James will focus his match day attentions with the U16s.
Sam Parrett – Forwards Coach
Sam is another new recruit to the Academy this season but brings with him a wealth of experience not only as a Mini and Junior section coach but also as a former 1st and 2nd XV prop forward. In addition to his mastery of the dark arts of the front row Sam was a skilful player who will add a lot to the Academy set up. Alongside James Goldsworthy, Sam will largely focus his match day attention with the U16 age group.
Steve Farr – Guest Coach
Steve has kindly agreed to offer TJs Academy the benefit of his considerable experience again this season on a part time, guest appearance basis. Steve is a Level 3 qualified coach who worked for the RFU for 20 years in a coach and player development role. He has coached extensively at County and Divisional level and been with TJs 1st XV for well over a decade winning three promotions in that time. In recent years he has also led our Mini and Junior sections and been a member of the Academy coaching team.
Alison Clark – U18 and NCC Squad Administration Manager
Alison has been involved in the administration management side of the Academy for two years now and continues to play a major role in the smooth running of the set up helping co-ordinate availability for the U18s and NCC squads amongst other jobs.
Keith Roshier – U15/16 Administration Manager
Keith has stepped up to the Academy this season continuing the role he held as age group manager to last season’s U15s. Keith will be the main point of contact for U16s regarding weekly availability and other Academy and club events.