North Devon Raiders’ new head coach Stuart Nodwell is keen to see pride restored after a tough 2015.
North Devon Raiders’ new head coach Stuart Nodwell is aiming to ‘revolutionise rugby league’ in the area, and is keen to see pride restored among the Raiders’ ranks after a tough 2015.
The Raiders finished bottom of the South West Premier League table last year, ending the season without a point after struggling to attract playing numbers.
But Nodwell is feeling positive going into 2016.
He said: “I saw the Raiders’ coach had stepped down and thought there was a lot of potential to build the club.
“They took me on earlier this year and now I not only want to revolutionise North Devon Raiders, but rugby league in North Devon as a whole.”
The Barnstaple-based side, founded in 2009, reached the South West Cup Final in 2012, but Nodwell is looking to reach new heights with the club, starting from the bottom upwards.
“The first thing would be to get ourselves a solid grounding to build from,” he said.
“Last year was tough for the club - they struggled with numbers for training and playing, but I’m hoping to change that. It would be good to really set this club up for some success.
“We want to make North Devon proud and results will help towards that aim.
“There’s a big drive to promote rugby league in the area,” he added.
“The game is thriving in the north of the country, in the Midlands and in London, but Devon isn’t quite there yet – I want us to be there.
“There’s a big waiting list to join rugby union clubs in Devon – it would be great if people could realise the opportunity we have on offer to play rugby in the summer.
“There are so many benefits for rugby union players such as keeping fit during time off and developing skills in a different game. I just want people to know it’s here.
“We are North Devon’s only club and we should be proud of that fact. I’d encourage anyone interested in being involved with the club, as a player or a volunteer, to get in touch.”