Veteran Charlie Hayter has been appointed England Women Sevens head coach by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and will take over from James Bailey after at the end of the season.
Bailey will be leaving for a position outside the RFU. Hayter has the experience and knowledge to lead England Sevens after being named player-coach at the beginning of the season and has worked with coaches across England Sevens programme. He has worked closely with Bailey and the coach of the men’s team Simon Amor.
The 30-years-old said he learned a lot by being a player-coach in England’s Sevens set-up and praised outgoing manager Bailey for the incredible work he’s done with the squad.
Charlie Hayter announced as England Women Sevens head coach for 19/20 season 🌹
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“Having had the opportunity this year to be a player coach within the England Sevens programme and work alongside James with the women’s squad, I have greatly valued the coaching experience, learning a lot from him in this time,” Hayter was quoted as saying by England Rugby.
“James has done an impressive job building the squad over the past three years. I hope to be able to continue the work he has started and further grow and develop the programme.
“I’ve been impressed with the way the group has come together this year. The potential these players are showing is really exciting. It’s a young group with some incredible talent. While this year has been tricky for me with injury, the opportunity I’ve had from a coaching perspective has proved a new challenge and I can’t wait to take up the reins as head coach going into the 2019/20 season.”
Amor is particularly excited with Hatyer’s appointment and said he was impressed with his development over the season. He also stated that he believed Hayter will help develop England Sevens programme.
“I’m delighted that Charlie is going to be joining the sevens programme in a pure coaching role next season. He’s been unlucky this year with injury but that’s allowed him to really focus on his coaching. He has a real passion for helping others improve, has a great understanding of the game and I’ve been impressed with just how quickly he has crafted his approach and developed his coaching over the course of this season,” he said.
“Charlie will be stepping up at an exciting time for women’s sevens with the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series expanding and becoming increasingly competitive. I am confident that in Charlie we have a talented young coach who with James Rodwell and our men’s and women’s academy coach, John Brake, will help continue developing the England Sevens programme as we drive for sustained success.”
Charlie switched to sevens in 2014 after a long period of playing fifteens and was part of the squad that won bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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