Youth Team Coaching Additions Ready to Take Team to New Heights

After their most successful season ever, the Tamworth Phoenix youth team aren’t looking to sit on their laurels. As head coach Mick Fearn enters his second season, it’s obvious that he and his staff are looking to take the team even further this year with a huge amount of talent and experience being added to the coaching roster.

Phoenix Youth Coaches

The coaches hard at work with the Phoenix youth. Photo by courtesy of Whizzyfingers Photography.

Firstly, interim coach Pete Davies has accepted the full time role of defensive coordinator. After joining the staff midway through last season, this year coach Davies will be looking after the defensive side of the ball with his own blend of juice and playing experience with the London Blitz, Loughborough University and Tamworth Phoenix seniors.

Over on the other side of the ball, former Leicester Falcons Academy head coach Karl Burgess brings his wealth of knowledge to the Tamworth Phoenix youth as the Wide Receivers coach. After a short break from football, coach Burgess is keen to help the Nix in 2017.

Also back after a year out, David Lockwood makes his return to the youth team on the defensive side of the ball as he’ll be assisting coach Davies as the assistant defensive coordinator. Coach Lockwood has been with the club for a number of years and is an exciting addition to an extremely experienced coaching staff.

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive back Phil Gallett joins the staff to coach the DBs. Phil is new to coaching but excited to be a part of the team and to coach up a talented group on the youth roster.

Staying with the club in 2017 is youth team graduate, newly qualified coach and 2016 Phoenix award winner – Will Alliss. Will officially joins the staff as the Offensive & Defensive Lines coach, working closely with the OC & DC’s to raise the game in the trenches.

“More coaches adds huge value to our philosophy of coaching fundamentals. Being able to go into more depth and positional skills with individual players will undoubtedly create a better start for these young athletes,” said head coach Mick Fearn. “Gaining coaches with the amount of experience these guys have is a massive bonus. These coaches are all keen to impart their knowledge and I’m really excited to see the players benefit and translate it onto the field. We’re recruiting more players than we ever have, so we have to grow our support and staff too.”

Head coach Mick Fearn.

Head coach Mick Fearn. Photo courtesy of Whizzyfingers Photography.

Away from the field, the Phoenix are pleased to announce that Suzanne and Stephen Alliss will be taking the joint role of Team Manager for the 2017 season. Both have been hugely supportive of the club in 2016 and are keen to be a part of moving the club forward. The Team Manager will oversee admin functions such as team registrations, subscriptions, league liaison, game day preparation and roster management.

With vital positions being filled on and off the field the club feels confident that the staff in place will be able to push the team to new heights in 2017 and most importantly, offer the players the best possible experience whilst at the Phoenix.

If you want to take part as a player, coach or support role don’t hesitate to get in touch either on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

The youth team returns to practice this Sunday, 15th January at Rawlett High School, B79 9AA – 9.45am-1pm.

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Phoenix Players Headed to Europe

Busy with preparations for the 2017 season, the Phoenix had good news this week as the second player this year from the senior program signed to play professional ball in Europe. Will Hobbs, former Nix safety and all round loveable rogue followed teammate Jamie Gallagher across the channel.

Hobbs, after his second season playing at the top level with the Phoenix, signed with Swiss side Calanda Broncos. The Safety made a huge impact with the Phoenix and was a playmaker throughout last year’s undefeated regular season.

Check out some of number #3’s highlights from the last two seasons:

He follows the recent move of tackle Jamie Gallagher, who after two stellar years as LT for the Phoenix signed for La-Queue-En-Brie Gladiateurs in France. Gallagher was a staple on the young talented Phoenix offensive line that helped score 472 points in 2016. His aggressiveness and hustle are sure to make an instant impact for the French club.

Here’s some of Gallagher’s highlights from the past few seasons:

Both players follow the path of standout CB John Kenyon, who made the transfer to the Potsdam Royals after a season of shutting down wideouts in the top flight of British Football.

Hobbs (#3) & Gallagher (#51) in Action

Hobbs (#3) & Gallagher (#51) in Action

The moves highlight the Premier North champion’s philosophy of ambition for itself and its players. Developing players through top quality coaching and playing at the highest level in the country are fundamentals to the Nix’s success. With so many young talented players across the team that are already making an impact for the national squad (or will be within the year), the Phoenix hope to continue to develop top quality ballers that take the step up to pro.

Jason Scott, Director of Performance for the Phoenix had this to say on the signings:

“The Phoenix are proud to work with and develop the best young British players in the U.K., and we’re delighted that those players are finding opportunities abroad. We certainly don’t begrudge those athletes from playing in Europe, and we’ll certainly welcome them back when they return home.

To have former Nix standouts like Kenyon, Gallagher and Hobbs representing our brand overseas is only a good thing, and is a testament to their drive, determination and passion to be the best players they can be.

I think it also speaks about the quality of our program, our coaching and our philosophy that makes Phoenix players such an attractive proposition for the professional leagues.”

The ethos and development extends to the hugely successful youth team also. Following their best season ever, coming runners up in the Plate tournament, two of the team’s captains began the next step in their careers with Louis Gallagher and Ewan Lockwood joining the Filton Pride. Both players have been standouts and leaders throughout their careers at the Phoenix.

Gallagher & Lockwood In Action for Filton

Gallagher (#68) & Lockwood (#54) in Action for Filton

In preparation for 2017, the senior side are excited to welcome the next crop of talent to its last session of the year next Saturday (10th December) at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre 12.30pm – 3pm. If you want to take the next step and play at the top level in the country, with quality coaches and quality competition to elevate your game, then get in touch. The OTA is completely free and perfect if you want to see what the club is all about.

The Youth team will return to work next year, 8th January 2017 at Rawlett High School 9.45am – 1pm and are looking for new players aged 14-17 yrs.

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