Our Coaches

Zoe - Head coach

Zoe - Head coach

Zoe has played rugby since graduating from St Marys University in 2007, she is a key member of Teddington Ladies Rugby Team and loved for being full of fun. Zoe is a qualified teacher, who has spent the last three years at St Marks Academy where she was Head of PE and an Assistant Head Teacher, she is now working at Longacer School in Guildford where she is Head of Sport for two to 11 year olds.

Zoe Loves to come up with creative and engaging ways to make Half Backs sessions fun, she is great at telling stories, encouraging all children to take part, take a lead and work as a team.

  • Favourite position, Flanker
  • Favourite player, Brian O'Driscoll
Heather

Heather

Heather is a level 2 qualified RFU coach and Level one RFL coach, she worked as an RFU Community Rugby Coach for 2 years in that time she was the Head coach for the University of Birmingham’s Womens Rugby Team, the West Midlands U15s team and two county teams.  She is currently the Ladies Captain of Teddington RFC.

Heather is passionate about children having a healthy and happy start in life, she believes in the positive impact taking part in team based, physical activity, in the outdoors can have on young children.

Heather is also the Director of Half Backs Sport Ltd.

  • Favourite position, Number 8
  • Favourite player, Catherine Spencer
Andy- Head Coach

Andy- Head Coach

Andy is a ‘home grown’ addition to the Half Backs coaching team, having brought is son Ollie along to the sessions for a number of months he has gradually become more and more involved in the organisation. He is now one of our favourite coaches who focuses on the children developing their skills in a safe and fun environment.

Andy is great at designing sessions that keep the children engaged and active, he loves coaching at Half Backs so much that he is often the first to arrive and the last to leave – we don’t know where we would be with out him!

  • Favourite position, Open side flanker
  • Favourite player, Courtney Lawes
Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is Half Backs best volunteer, a rugby person through and through, Sarah is Teddington Ladies chairwoman and is constantly looking of new ways to develop Teddington RFC. At Half Backs she loves meeting and greeting the children and parents, she is committed to creating a fun and welcoming environment at all Half Backs sessions. In Sarah’s professional life she a Director of a successful Creative Design Agency and she is also the designer and developer behind one of our favourite websites www.scrumqueens.com

Sarah volunteers for Half Backs Rugby because she is passionate about the benefits of rugby, believes in the power it has to develop children both physically, socially and mentally…. and because she is a lovely person!

  • Favourite position, Hooker
  • Favourite player, Ashley Johnson
Jo

Jo

Jo is a year six primary school teacher who loves playing rugby, Jo is new recruit to Half Backs rugby but a massive asset to the team. As well as being experienced in early years education Jo has a fantastic manner with both the children and parents at Half Backs sessions.

Jo is dedicated to giving every child the best start in life and believes that being physically active, playing fun games and a rugby culture is the perfect way to do that. Jo has been playing rugby with Teddington Ladies for two seasons and is one of the fastest players on the pitch!

  • Favourite position, Fly Half
  • Favourite player, Jonny Wilkinson
Heidi

Heidi

Heidi is one of the youngest members of the Half Backs team, she is currently studying at Richmond College. Heidi has played rugby for as long as she has been able and often takes on her bother on the pitch. Heidi is a qualified rugby coach and is committed to developing her skills as much as she can.

Heidi currently plays rugby at Grasshoppers and is setting up a new womens team at her college. Heidi is full of energy and brings a positive attitude with her to every session.

  • Favourite position, Center
  • Favourite player, Alice Richardson
Hannah

Hannah

Hannah ‘Eddie’ is another new addition to the Half Backs team, Eddie works full time for the RFU to develop rugby across Middlesex. Eddie is a Premiership rugby player currently playing for Wasps Ladies. She is an RFU level 2 qualified coach who whole heartedly believes in the core values of rugby union Teamwork, Respect, Discipline, Enjoyment and Sportsmanship.

Hannah always makes sure that all our Half Backs are having fun at the sessions and we think she might be the happiest person with the biggest smile EVER!

  • Favourite position, Center
  • Favourite player, Alice Richardson
Dave

Dave

David has played rugby since the age of 9. He played various positions in the pack playing for London Scottish rugby club from 9 – 21. He has represented a number of teams including Middlesex, South East England and British Colleges. He went onto study at St Mary’s University studying Sports science and having 3 great years of 1st xv University rugby.

David is currently a personal trainer covering West London and Surrey and a Chartered Surveyor. He has taught rugby to a variety of ages from 18 months to senior level so has bags of experience in the field.

  • Favourite position, Hooker
  • Favourite player, Jason Leonard