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Weekly Update from Chief Executive Officer, Lance Bradley

Weekly Update from Chief Executive Officer, Lance Bradley
Weekly Update | 17 July

Hello, and welcome to this week’s update.

Yet again it’s been a busy week at our Club, with more of our plan for the future coaching and playing squad set ups being confirmed and published.

Firstly, we were delighted to announce  Alex King as our new Attack Coach. He comes with a formidable reputation and a wealth of Premiership experience. He’s coached at Clermont, where they won the Pro-14 title, and at Northampton Saints when they won the Premiership in 2013/4, as well as internationally with Wales.

We also announced that Trevor Woodman has signed a new contract as Assistant Forwards Coach. Trevor will not only be working with George Skivington in coaching the first team squad forwards, but will also continue the work he’s been doing with our Academy. I keep talking about how important our Academy is, and will be going forwards. This is another indication of how seriously we’re taking this. Not many Academies are coached by World Cup Winners.

We also announced a few signings this week, with Matt Garvey, Logovi’I Mulipola and Matias Alemanno all joining our Club. I’ve said all along that we would have a strong squad before the season restarted, and these new recruits will make a massive contribution to that.

There may be another addition or two if we can find people we feel will boost our coaching or playing set ups, but overall we’re very happy with where we are now.

We were also delighted to announce the signing of 8 players to our Senior Academy. Seb Blake, Arthur Clark, Louis Hillman-Cooper, Matty Jones, Cameron Jordan, Harry Taylor, Freddie Thomas and Toby Venner have done fantastically well to win their contracts, and we wish them all the very best in their pathway towards their ultimate goal of playing for Gloucester Rugby.

The other big news this week was today’s announcement by Boris Johnson that crowds may be allowed back into sports stadiums from October. He was careful to stress that this was all dependent upon successful pilot trials, and everyone being responsible at the grounds.

There’s no doubt that this is very welcome news. The sooner that we are able to welcome you back to Kingsholm the better, and even if we can only allow limited numbers initially, at least it’s a step in the right direction. With the current season due to finish around the time the restrictions may be lifted we remain optimistic about the possibility of fans returning to Kingsholm before the end of the 19/20 season.

Finally, I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Flats and Shanks podcast this week. There’s a link to it here: Flats and Shanks podcast. I’m on at about 55 minutes, talking about the plans for our Club, addressing some of the rumours that have been circulating and explaining some of the thinking behind what we’re doing. If you’ve got a quarter of an hour to spare I hope you enjoy it.

As always, thank you for your support. Things are really starting to come together now, and today’s news that we may be able to welcome you back to Kingsholm before too long is a great start to the weekend.

Best wishes

Lance
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