WINDSOR Chairman of Rugby Mike Crawshaw has explained the decision to broaden the coaching structure in order to take the club to the next level.

Former head coach

Anthony Andrews



to the Southern Counties North title last season and promotion into South West One East.

Following a full review of the rugby operation at Home Park, Andrews was replaced with new head coach Jack Pattinson, pictured below, leading a new-look structure.

Crawshaw explained Windsor needs a club ethos to become the focus of the community and he believes things are looking promising with pre-season set to get under way on Wednesday 26th June.

He told the Observer: “It’s looking very good in terms of the broad coaching structure, with some mentoring as well, and we’re hopeful of quite a few new players coming into the club.

“We decided as a group, the five of us that make up the committee, that we needed to make a change to broaden the structure to develop rugby and take it to the next level.

“Anthony did a great job and he was very professional about it. He’s always welcome down the club as a friend.

“Jack is a part of a wider coaching team and we believe the team that has been put in place will take the club forward.

“The bottom line in the structural change. It’s important to have a better first team and attract new players, but we also want to get four sides out and the ladies section is a developing area as well.

“We need to look at a structure that will develop coaches across the whole of the club in terms of the senior and youth sections as well as improve player skills.

“The club needs to become the focus of the community where people can play rugby and enjoy it, but enjoy the social side of the sport as well.”

Crawshaw continued: “It will take time but the key target for next season is not just to stay in the league but be a top six side.

“It’s still very much an amateur ethos but, having said that, when you go up a league the costs go up as well. We will look at how we can raise revenue through events and sponsorship and then look to sustain that going forward.

“There’s no reason why we can’t compete in South West One East. We will have a very good young side from last season, so there’s a player base there.

“So long as we can raise the number of players in the squad then I’m confident that we can compete.

“We know that we’ve got some tough fixtures and we need to win our home matches. That gives you the springboard to go further forward.”

He added: “We also want to make sure that the second team are competing in their league, and getting four sides out on a regular basis would be a success if we could do it.

"The ladies are very important to us as well and we want them to be competitive in their league too!, The key driver is as a Rugby Committee we want to develop a structure that we believe can take us forward next season and beyond.

“What we’ve got to do is make sure we have a recruitment drive. We need to attract players of all levels of ability and engage in the community.”

Pre-season training gets under way for the senior side at Home Park on Wednesday 26th June and on Wednesday 10th July for the Dames.

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