Highly regarded former Bristol and Gloucestershire county player, Simon Martin, has secured the full time Head of Rugby Development position at the All Golds. He is an experienced rugby coach and coach mentor with over 25 years of experience in sports and business. The attractive position ensured there was significant interest both nationally and beyond with over thirty interested parties.

Rob Webber, All Golds’ director and Head of Operations for the highly successful Bristol Sport Foundation (BSF), is in no doubt of the quality of the Golden Ferns’ latest acquisition, “appointing Simon is a real statement of intent for the All Golds as he fits our mission perfectly. He has an emotive and long-standing connection to the rugby communities of Bristol and this guarantees that he will represent them in the way that we expect.His knowledge of the local rugby ecosystem and community clubs will give us a great platform to re-launch Rugby League in the area. Bristol is ready for RL… but is RL ready for Bristol?”

After a successful playing career, during which he represented Gloucestershire in its 2002 county championship triumph at Twickenham stadium London, Simon has gained many admirers in his development role with England rugby union. His principal duties will include fulfilling the All Golds’ aim of developing rugby league from ‘Primary to Professional’ in the city of Bristol and county of Gloucestershire.

He is keen to commence his duties,” the opportunity to lead the development of Rugby League and drive the All Golds’ brand does present an exciting opportunity. My contacts within the city of Bristol and Gloucestershire provide me with the tools to be successful in driving the development of the sport. I am flattered that the All Golds think I am the right person for the role.”

Furthermore Simon will oversee the club’s playing and performance pathways – both male and female – and will be introduced to the players and staff as soon as training commences which is imminent. A further key element will be the recruitment for and coaching of SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) Bristol Academy All Golds at Higher Education level.

All Golds’ Chief Executive Officer, Joe David, who along with club director, Danny Wilson, has played such a pivotal part in the interview and selection process, is certain the club has made a fine choice,
“one of Simon’s key strengths is his ability to build relationships. In addition he has excellent communication and managerial skills alongside a positive, enthusiastic, and creative attitude which complements our approach and ethos.”