Rovers Invest In Youth Programme Ahead Of 2021

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Rovers Invest In Youth Programme Ahead Of 2021

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Lee Paterson as Head of Strength and Conditioning for our Academy and Scholarship sides.

With the youth programme set to resume late January after a 10 month pause due to the pandemic, the new role will bring a dedicated focus to the junior’s physical progression and help them get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Head of Youth John Bastian is delighted with the appointment:

“Lee helped us out with the reserve grade earlier in the year and he comes highly recommended by everyone he’s worked with. He’s well qualified with a Masters in Strength and Conditioning, and some experience working with the England Students set-up.

It will significantly strengthen the conditioning and fitness of the younger players to have someone solely focused on them, and their individual progression. But I’d expect he will still link up and work with the first team conditioner, Ben Cooper, at times.

He’s worked hard to get to this point in his career and he’s very ambitious and passionate about working with the young players, he genuinely wants to make a difference. Further down the track he’s got ambitions to go further in the sport at the elite level.

He’s enthusiastic and looking forward to joining up, and we’re looking forward to giving him that opportunity.”

New recruit Lee is looking forward to getting started at the club: “I can’t wait, I’ve spent some time with Reserve Coach Kevin Deighton, he’s a good coach and good person, as is John Bastian, that’s important to me.

It’s an enormous club so I’m excited to be joining there. There’s such a fantastic atmosphere when you play at Hull College Craven Park, as a player it’s somewhere you remember, and somewhere you enjoy playing.

I’m hoping to bring a specialist point of contact for the young players to improve themselves from an athletic point of view. We may find some difficulties at first with any Covid restrictions, but we’ll work through them.

I hope it helps take the pressure off coaches Ben Cockayne and Jason Netherton. With no reserve’s teams running next year it’s a big step up physically from under 19s to first team. Hopefully I can help bridge gap and prepare the players, so they are ready as and when they are called upon.”

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