Commenting on his new role, Phil said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge at Cinderford and being part of a professional, proper rugby club. I have been out of the game for over a year now and this role gives me a chance to get back into rugby, which I love.”
“The playing and coaching environment at Cinderford seems to be excellent and working with the likes of Deacs, Lee Fortey and Dave Pointon will be tremendous. I plan to help the guys develop even further drawing on my experiences and knowledge and provide that extra resource in training to make a difference, plus it will give me a chance to learn so much about the coaching side of the game. A win - win for both of us really. National One is a high level of rugby and a very competitive national division so something to get my teeth into and be involved in this great sport.”
Peter Bell, president at Cinderford Rugby was delighted when Phil accepted. “I have known Phil for many years and hold him in great esteem and when he agreed to join our team I was thrilled. He is good friends with Andy Deacon and will work well with all the guys. It’s a terrific accolade for Cinderford, its players and supporters, to have someone of Phil’s standing in the rugby world to be part of our club. We are very proud and boast an excellent pedigree in our coaching team.”
Said Andy Deacon, director of rugby: “Phil has always kept a close eye on Cinderford and shown interest in our progress so when he agreed to join us as Coaching Consultant and assist us, I was more than happy! He will be a great addition to our resources here and pretty much do what Brian Ashton is doing for Fylde. We have had a tough first half of the season full of challenges and so many near misses and with some pretty exhilarating rugby at times and I think the supporters have enjoyed watching. I have total confidence in the squad and Vicks will boost morale in all areas, plus his experience is second to none. It’s impressive too, for our players to be coached by him alongside Lee and Dave. This lays the foundation for a strong second half to the year and a boost to our confidence.”
Phil will be involved with immediate affect and attending the game tomorrow, as the Foresters take on Birmingham & Solihull at their home ground at Dockham Road, in the last fixture before the festive break. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
About Cinderford RFC
Cinderford RFC was formed in 1886 and was soon playing many leading clubs in England and Wales. The club’s fortunes and that of the local mining community were closely linked and both declined during the inter-war years with a number of local rugby heroes ‘going north’ to seek their fortunes in what is now ‘The Rugby League’. Cinderford RFC re-emerged after the Second World War and regained its Dockham Road home in 1956. Fifty years of hard work and the foresight of a few individuals have furnished the club with a splendid ground that is the envy of many. The club’s 1st XV play in National League Division 1, the ‘United XV’ competes in the South West second XV Merit Table and the ‘Stags’ and ‘Bucks’ have a full list of fixtures many of which are in the Gloucester ‘Citizen’ Merit Table. Cinderford is also running a newly-formed Colts side that will play in the highly competitive Gwent District League at Under-19s level, as well as entering the Gwent District Cup, and RFU National Cup colt competitions. A successful mini and junior section provides rugby for youngsters from U7 upwards.
To view an interview with Phil Vickery and Andy deacon Visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018j4rd/BBC_Points_West_19_12_2011/