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    Focus on Futures for Former Ulster Coach

    26 May

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    Campbell College today (Friday 26th May) announced the appointment of former Ulster Rugby Head Coach, Neil Doak as Performance and Development Manager for Rugby and Cricket at the College.  The announcement was made in the company of over 300 P6 and P7 Rugby players as they enjoyed the 2017 Campbell College ‘All Ireland U11 Rugby Festival’ which was taking place at the College’s 100 acre East Belfast campus.

    Doak’s 20 year association with Ulster Rugby began as player winning 85 caps for the province before retiring in 2005 to pursue his coaching career. A talented all round sportsman, Neil also won 32 international caps for Ireland at Cricket and brings his vast experience in both rugby and cricket to this new role.

    Responsible for identifying and developing emerging cricket and rugby talent within the College, Doak will also be tasked with enhancing the College’s current sports outreach programme which strives to engage with young people throughout East Belfast and beyond.  Campbell College is one of the leading rugby schools in Ireland having won the prestigious Ulster Schools Cup 23 times in the schools 123 year history.  However, the College’s ethos is not just about performance but is grounded in participation, as the College hosts a multitude of cricket and rugby events for the wider community throughout the year.  Both these areas of performance and participation will be cornerstones of this position.

    Commenting on the appointment Head of Physical Education at Campbell College and Master in charge of Rugby, Brian Robinson, stated, “We are hugely excited at the prospect of working with Neil. He brings an extra depth and breadth of experience to our Cricket and Rugby set up - providing our pupils access to the very best coaching talent.  It is not just about what Neil brings to the College but what this role will allow the College to bring to the wider rugby and cricket community as we seek to grow our outreach activity over the coming years. Sport is about participation as well as performance - you cannot have one without the other. Neil will deliver across both remits.”

    Neil Doak is looking forward to the next chapter in his career, “I started my coaching days in the youth development arena and it has always been my passion to work with emerging talent and help nurture that talent to its full potential.  Campbell’s strong reputation across Rugby and Cricket alongside the College’s aim to connect with talent in the wider community provide a great opportunity for me and it is one I will relish. “

    This appointment adds to the recent addition to the College’s Hockey Coaching team with Olympian and Old Campbellian Peter Caruth taking up the post as Hockey Development Coach earlier in the year, further building the all-round sporting pedigree of the College.