The 2013/14 season proves to be an exciting time at Lockwood Park. The senior side at the club find themselves in unfamiliar territory after relegation from N2N last season. The summer has been very busy and the club is changing... for the better.
After nine years of continual improvement up the leagues, Huddersfield were lifted from North 2 East level up to National 2. Last season was a step too many and after the retirement of many players, a raft of injuries and the departure of other key players the team struggled in a very tough league last season. The club needed a kick and last seasons relegation has invigorated the senor squad and provided them with the drive and ambition to succeed.
The First XV is looking forward and looking to the home-grown players for that drive. Lee Paxman has taken over 1st XV Manager, Lee previously a 1st XV regular has had to retire to injury but remains an integral part of the team. Lee famously scored the winning try in the Yorkshire Cup win in 2011 and is very close to all the players.
Gareth Lewis takes charge as Head Coach and has raised the level of performance, work rate and drive needed for the team to bounce back. Gareth has set a very detailed and hard pre-season with emphasis on core values, teamwork and skill. Gareth has previously played for Leeds Tykes, Halifax, and Manchester, he is delighted to now become player/head coach of the club where his senior rugby began.
Ian Shuttleworth returns to the club and will support Gareth with the coaching side. Ian a firm favourite amongst the senior squad and his wise words of wisdom are always well received. Ian has been instrumental in re-shaping the team and has brought in Nick Hyde as a support coach. the side now has the right balance between leaders on the field and experience off it.
Captain Nick Sharpe enters his 3rd full season as 1st XV Captain. Nick follows in his father’s footsteps and is one a number of second generation players within the senior squad. Nick has been with the 1st XV for the last 6 seasons and is one of three player pathway role models.
The other two role models are Alex Battye and Tom Owen, both players played on the same Academy side which won the Yorkshire Cup and both players are now regulars in the senior side. After winning players player of the year Alex has been made vice-Captain and as lead the side out in the friendly fixture against Preston earlier this year. Tom Owen is an integral part of the backline and also offer a lot of support to the other players with Nutrition advice and planning.
Our coaching philosophy within the Club is one which involves developing the players skill levels, fitness and commitment which in turn enables the Senior squad to play with structure and a common understanding of game, whilst always allowing the freedom of expression on the pitch. The aim of the 1st XV is to provide a strong side to help nurture and support budding young stars of the future progress. The team must set the standard in the club and be there to inspire the next generation.
The 1st XV has been a great platform for a number of players to progress their careers. Ben Harris and Matt Clark both at Leeds Carnegie came through the first team. Chris Johnson was instrumental and became the National League top points scorer at Lockwood Park before moving up to National 1 with Fylde and captaining England Counties. This player pathway is a long term development that starts at the U7’s and ends with the 1st XV.
If you feel you would like to be part of what we have at Lockwood Park and believe that we can aid you in your aspirations as a player, then do not hesitate to come and pay the club a visit. We look forward to meeting you!
Fixtures and results
View all First XV 2013/14 season fixtures and results