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.
NATHAN CURTIS - SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
I have been involved in football since the age of 5 and managed to progress all the way to making my professional debut at 16 years old for Bradford City in the FA cup 2nd round. Since then I have been involved with a number of semi-professional teams such as Scarborough Athletic, Ossett Town and currently Belper Town. Although Football is the sport I have had my biggest success in, I love watching and playing a variety of sports such as basketball, rugby, tennis and cricket. Another passion of mine is trying to bring joy and happiness to people of all ages through any sport activities. Keeping people active and enjoying sports is a key goal of mine which I am trying to achieve at Featherstone Rovers Foundation.
RACHEL KIERNAN - CASUAL SPORT/ DANCE COACH
I joined the Featherstone Rovers foundation team as a casual coach in 2019, prior to arriving at Featherstone Rovers I have had a great amount of experience in dance/musical theatre such as performing in many big hit shows and training at a professional theatre school in Nottingham for a year. Away from the Rovers, I am a huge Rugby fan and love dancing on the pitch at match days for the elite All Star squad cheering the rovers on!