- Three-year contract deal for coaching team
- Taunton restructure provides a positive outlook
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The Taunton RFC coaching trio of Head Coach Tony Yapp, Forwards Coach Chris Brown and Team Manager Keith Brooking have put pen to paper on a new deal. As a sign of the club’s support and acknowledgement of the excellent work already completed they have agreed a three-year contract.
Club Secretary Ben Goddard explained the intention was to always negotiate a long-term deal to build on the excellent foundations already laid by this talented team: “We carried out a belt and braces review and restructure of our commercial operation and then the Titans management structure. We now have the right people, with the right skills and capabilities in place, throughout Taunton RFC.”
The changes at the club have also seen Kevin McCarthy appointed as Financial Controller and Treasurer, with Philip Grattan taking on a new role of Operations Manager on the commercial side of the business.
Yapp, former Exeter Chiefs player and now in his second full season as head coach, said: “The first team has now come back under the umbrella of the club and the vision for the club is one that we all share. The fact that we are pulling in the same direction is such a positive step.”
Yapp now believes the club as a whole is improving: “If you look at our facilities we have one of the best set-ups in our league and better than most in the one above. With the supporters and all the people in and around the club that are so helpful and supportive in what we are doing, things can only get better.
“The club have had to put up with quite a lot over the last few years but I feel with the backroom staff we have in place, we are moving in the right direction and doing the basics well.”
“With the team we have in place on and off the pitch and the fact that we have improved this year to sign a three-year contract, it gives us some stability so that we can really lay the foundations for now and the future for Taunton Rugby Club. We can progress on how we want to play and the type of players we want to attract to the club and also have time to develop the talent that is already within the club.”
Chris Brown, who joined the Taunton set-up this season, having played with both Yapp and Keith Brooking at Exeter Chiefs and coached them both at Launceston RFC, was also more than happy to sign a new contract. With Brown being added to the backroom staff the team are looking like ending the season above mid table.
When asked how he has found the club in his first season, Brown said: “The support that I have felt since being at the club has been immense. Not only in terms of our management team but the supporters, committee and players have been fully behind the vision here at Taunton.
“For this reason I really feel that we are at the beginning of a journey that will be both rewarding and exciting. In terms of the culture we are creating, I feel that this has grown this year.
“We're adamant that hard work on the training pitch and hard work off the pitch will be the recipe for success. While this might not be immediate, I am confident that if we continue to work hard improvements will show in the medium to long term. This contract for our management team gives us the opportunity to show that.”