MEET THE TEAM
AMY HARDMAN – HEAD OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Amy joined the Featherstone Rovers Foundation back in 2012, after being recruited to the position of Learning Zone Manager.
Her initial role was to operate the BBC Children In Need project, prior to being appointed as Head of Community Development.
Prior to arriving at the LD Nutrition Stadium, Amy previously worked in schools and education, while continuing her work with horses on various yards.
Away from the Rovers, Amy is a keen horse rider and competes whenever she can in competitions across the country.
PAUL MARCH – RUGBY LEAGUE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Paul has been involved in rugby league for almost 35 years, both as a player and as a coach.
Having featured for the first time as a six-year-old with Thornhill Trojans, Paul went on to enjoy an illustrious career in the sport’s professional ranks, appearing for Dewsbury, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Hunslet and Keighley.
He went on to coach both the Hawks and the Cougars, having combined semi-professional coaching with community development work for more than five years.
Paul’s aim is to give the young people of Featherstone and surrounding areas an opportunity to get involved in rugby league.
JIM (JAMES) DYSON - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Jim's main areas of work come from disability sport being Head Coach of the Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair team and the Wakefield Trinity Learning Disability team, he is also a coach with Wakefield’s PDRL team making him the only person in the world to coach and play in all three types of disability Rugby League. He is also co-head coach of the Scotland Wheelchair RL helping grow the game in Scotland and help work towards the 2021 Wheelchair World Cup and is looking forward to hopefully traveling to North America for 2025 World Cup.
Jim as has also been involved with numerous community projects throughout the Wakefield area and is excited to be doing it full time. He loves coaching Rugby, getting people active and getting more and more people playing the game he loves. Outside of Rugby Jim is massive film buff and can quote many films word for word to the annoyance of his friends. He is also interested in lots of other sports including Football (Being a Leeds Fan), Cricket, American Football and some obscure sports including Hurling.
AMANDA COURTMAN – ROVERS TOTS PROJECT LEADER
Amanda joined the Rovers Foundation back in 2015 and held a key role within the club’s community arm ever since.
A qualified lecturer in Early Years, Amanda previously taught at Bradford College and has worked in education for more than two decades, gaining a wealth of experience along the way.
Amanda is a keen volunteer and works tirelessly to support the Wakefield & District Down’s Syndrome Support Group - a charity close to her heart.
She operates the Rovers Tots initiative, having originally been recruited to successfully deliver the Featherstone Improvers project.
JACK BUSSEY - CASUAL COACH
Jack has once again joined the Featherstone Rovers Foundation team after his return to the club for the 2019 season. Jack really enjoys working with both children and adults of all different backgrounds/ abilities. He finds it rewarding getting the best out of them in whatever he is teaching or coaching. Jack is also our lead coach on the Sport England funded project 'Back Onside' which is encouraging men from the local area to become more active.
JORDAN SAYLES - APPRENTICE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
I joined the foundation on placement back in November, I have been a Rovers fan for all of what I can remember I am so happy that the Foundation have given me this opportunity of this level 2 apprenticeship with 1st 4 Sport in Activity Leadership. I have enjoyed helping out and developing my coaching skills with the help of Jim and Paul
JOE RAMSDEN - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Joe has come from a rugby league background, representing Yorkshire ARLFC and being a player/manager at Great Britain Teachers rugby league. During his undergraduate studying Sport & Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University he began to coach at his local side and knew he had a passion for developing players.
He built up experience in the education sector, working in schools from nursey to secondary and SEN settings. Then he studied Primary PGCE with PE specialism at Sheffield Hallam University before starting with the Foundation.
His aim is to help the game grow, creating enthusiasm for Featherstone Rovers and rugby league in general. In his spare time he enjoys power-lifting weight training and watching love island.