By Aled Thomas | 26/06/2014

Bridgend Ravens can confirm the appointment of the coaching team for the coming season. The coaching pyramid will be headed jointly by forwards coach Paul Young and backs coach Mike Hook.

Mike replaces Dan Griffiths who has taken up a role with the Ospreys senior side ahead of the coming season. Wayne Hall continues as team manager, and Jason Larkman remains as fitness coach Hook joins the Ravens from Pontypool, where he led the side to an outstanding fourth place finish in the Championship. A highly rated coach, Hook will look to continue his development with an exciting set of Ravens backs at Premiership level this season.

Paul Young joined the club in 2012 and has been rewarded for his performance as forwards coach with experience at regional level, where he stepped up to aid the coaches of the region during the LV= Cup campaign last season. Young is excited about what this season has to offer.

‘We have had a productive past two weeks of pre season training. The players have shown great commitment and intensity has been of a high level. There is a good feeling amongst the group as we move into the next phase of our development and we look forward to an exciting (but physical) period of pre-season training and games.

At the Ravens’ we understand that to be successful, we have to set high standards in creating the right environment. We pride ourselves on the pathway we’ve established and part of this we have invited our local feeder clubs to join in on our pre-season training sessions, it was great to see some of these coaches attending recently, our attention must turn to developing a winning mentality within this current group of players. Strong leadership is key in any successful organisation. Therefore, we will be looking to mentor the right personnel, capable of driving these standards, values and a winning mentality from within.

With the addition of Mike Hook joining our coaching team this season I’m sure he will bring great experience from his time at Pontypool and we very much look forward to working alongside him for what is to be an exciting season.

Once again this season the Raven’s support will play an integral part to the success of the team’s performance. As coaches and players we want to develop greater links with supporters and the local communities. With our pre-season currently being held at Pencoed College, we hope to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with the college in the forthcoming months. We feel the superb facilities at the college will not only enhance our training but also strengthen our regional pathway.

“We must strive to create the right culture off the field, in order to be successful on it”.

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