New coaching set-up inspires Houghton

Houghton RFC's new coaching team (from left): Jack Masters (assistant coach), Chris Simpson (director of rugby) and Ryan Pink (assistant coach) CONTRIBUTED PIC
Houghton RFC's new coaching team (from left): Jack Masters (assistant coach), Chris Simpson (director of rugby) and Ryan Pink (assistant coach) CONTRIBUTED PIC
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HOUGHTON Rugby Club are hoping a new coaching team will bring success in the coming season.

The Dairy Lane outfit’s first team has steadily improved in the last three years and are now looking to achieve promotion from Durham and Northumberland Division Three.

Chris Simpson will lead as the club’s director of rugby, while Ryan Pink and Jack Masters have rejoined the club as assistant coaches.

Simpson, who is also Houghton’s head coach, said: “I am really happy with the way the coaches have settled in and the players have reacted well to their involvement.

“And we hope that the new set-up can help us achieve our aim of being in the mix at the top of the table.”

All three of the coaches have played for Houghton in the past, with Pink and Masters coming through the youth system.

They have now returned to Dairy Lane as coaches after playing higher level rugby.

When Simpson rejoined Houghton three years ago, only 25 senior players were signed up and the club and was struggling to field teams.

Now, they have more than 60 players and will field two senior sides, a ladies team and a “legends” over-30s team.

The club continues to look for new talent, though, with training sessions held at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursday at Dairy Lane for anyone who is interested in getting involved.

Houghton have two pre-season games this month – at home to Washington next Saturday, August 9, and Hartlepool on August 23 – ahead of the big kick-off at home to South Tyneside College on August 30.

The club is also looking for companies or fans to sponsor individual players for the new season at a cost of £50.