We are delighted to announce that Rob Lawrence will be continuing his good work at 'Combe and has subsequently signed a long term full time contract as Director of Rugby of Westcombe Park RFC.
Rob was brought into the club in January since when Westcombe Park's 1st XV have seen a dramatic turnaround in performances and results under his temporary stewardship, league status is still not decided but very much in our own hands which is in stark contrast to where we found ourselves at Christmas.
Rob's appointment is great news for Westcombe Park as a club as although Rob's initial focus will ensure we have a robust playing and coaching staff for the 2018/19 season and beyond, he will have a significant role in shaping the future of rugby at Combe being responsible for the development and performance of rugby at all levels, working closely with club management, youth committee, managers, members, coaches and sponsors.
Rob brings experience as a Premiership League player at Wasps involved with the England set up, successful in roles as Youth Development Officer at Heathfield RFC and Head Coach at Chichester RFC.
He is methodical, organised and has quickly earned the respect from the players, coaches and management team. Rob is a doer rather than a sayer, evidenced by the many additional players that he has managed to bring into the club since Christmas and integrated them seamlessly into the 1st XV squad, positively affecting results and playing culture.
This is still very much a "work in progress" but Rob is excited by the role he has accepted and said
"working with Westcombe Park since Christmas has reinforced what I already knew, that 'Combe is a fantastic club with massive potential, we have a strong and supportive management committee and a fantastic bunch of supporters who have been so important to recent performances. A significant part of my role will be ensuring that the club accelerates it's "one club" ethos and I will be re-enforcing and developing pathways for current youth players into senior rugby and beyond.
I want to see a 1st XV squad at 'Combe full of home grown talent and I will be working with the coaches and management of the youth section to ensure we have plans in place to acheive this over the coming years. We do need to increase the numbers of volunteers across all level of the club and introduce some fresh faces and ideas into the mix but if we all pull in the same direction we really can do some fantastic things at this wonderful club and have a great deal of fun on the way.
Rugby has always been a big part of my life and it was quite an easy decision to make when the opportunity of working full time for WPRFC presented itself, I certainly wouldn't have accepted the role if I didn't 100% believe I could acheive the things that we all want"
Speaking with 1st XV Captain Joe Bonner, he said " Rob is very good at what he does, his communication skills are exemplary and he is good at putting the right people in the right job for the right task. His leadership and understanding of rugby as well as changing room dynamics are vital to the success of all of our teams, he shares the clubs ambition and you can already feel a shift in attitude from players and I'm convinced that Rob will be a huge success. Rob announced to the boys of his decision to accept the role before the Guernsey game and large number of the players have now committed to staying at Combe whatever the outcome of the next 2 games.”
Rob’s equally successful Buisness career working with clients will be invaluable as we look to work with both existing and new club sponsors as well as increasing the commercial opportunities our facility can offer.
We are sure you will extend a warm welcome to Rob and work with him whenever possible.
Our next 2 games are both at home v Southend and Tring respectively, both will be extremely tough fixtures and our members and supporters role in our future cannot be underestimated.
We need the club absolutely bursting at the seams these next 2 Saturdays, please come along and give your support to the players and the club. Together we can acheive what we seemed virtually impossible only a few short months ago!
Updated 09:41 - 25 Apr 2018 by Mark Ley