John Hough to coach Service Area under-18’s

Date published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

JOHN Hough is to combine his duties as coach of the Oldham Roughyeds’ reserve team with those of head coach of the Oldham Service Area under-18s, which also takes in Tameside.

Prospective members of the Oldham and Tameside squad have already had one get-together at the Whitebank Stadium and once the squad is finalised and up and running it will train on a regular basis at Whitebank.

The basis of the squad will come from the under-18s teams of Waterhead, St Anne’s and Saddleworth, but not exclusively so. Other Oldham boys, as well as recruits from Tameside, may be selected.

John will be at the St Anne’s v Waterhead under-18s match this Wednesday night, September 8, to run the rule over prospective service area players.

A squad of 24 or 25 will eventually be named to represent the Oldham-Tameside service area and to start regular Wednesday night training sessions at Whitebank, starting next week.

They will then represent Oldham in a ten-team service area Festival of Rugby League at Hopwood Hall towards the end of this month.The Festival will be a stepping stone for the more successful players to regional service area representative honours and, for some, to the Great Britain Community Lions.

As part of his new role, Hough will work closely with Steve Molloy, the RFL’s talent co-ordinator for Oldham and Tameside, and with Chris Chamberlain, Oldham’s new rugby league development officer.

Said John: “It will be good to forge Roughyeds’ links with the RFL at youth level, and also with the local amateur clubs. I would like to publicly thanks Roughyeds, and Chris (Hamilton) in particular, for allowing us to train at Whitebank and to use the ground as our home base.

“Apart from anything else, this should enable Roughyeds to develop an association with the game locally at grassroots level. It’s going to be a busy time for me because we are also starting the process of assessing what Roughyeds reserves did last season and making plans for next year.

“But I am eagerly looking forward to getting to grips with my new role and forging closer links with rugby at under-18s level in Oldham and Tameside.”