Good Friday Derby Countdown Begins

As the highly anticipated game between southern rivals London Skolars & Hemel Stags draws closer the focus is well and truly on the 1st Round of the New Era League 1 fixture.

With a 3 o’clock KO on a bank holiday and real ale available at the bar surely this will be a fans favourite. Jermaine Coleman named as the new Head Coach in replacement of long serving Joe Mbu makes this even more of a opening home game rivalry to remember. As just two weeks ago he was Assistant Coach at the Stags under Troy Perkins. No doubt targeting this game as a must win to build momentum at the start of the campaign.
Now roles reversed I’m sure he would like nothing more than arrive here after two heavy losses and turn the tables.

Returning player James Anthony had this to say about the new coach and the good Friday derby,

‘I have worked and played with Jermaine before whilst at Skolars and his knowledge and technical coaching is great. I’m sure it will be a tough few months for him and for the players but I have total faith in his ability to turn around our poor start. The game on Friday is gearing up to be a feisty encounter with the changes that have occurred with players and coaches in the off season. I’m sure there are some scores to settle.’

Tickets are £12 for adults £6 for concessions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Chartered Physiotherapist to oversee the medical care of both the London Skolars Senior team and 2nd Team. The London Skolars are a semi-professional rugby league club competing the Kingston Press League One Competition.

The role will involve the management of all players across the two teams. The successful physiotherapist will be expected to manage player welfare across 3 training evenings per week (2 hours per night) and on match day (4-6 hours per game) each week.

Successful candidates are expected to be committed, reliable, versatile, organised, have excellent communication skills and be willing to learn and develop.

This is a part-time position, and as within any elite sports setting will include working unsociable hours. The candidate will be paid an hourly rate paid in arrears on the 1st day of each month.

This position is subject to checks and satisfactory references.

• Chartered Physiotherapist
• First Aid qualification (preferably FA AREA/REMO or RFU PSITCC)
• Experience within an elite sporting environment

• MSc or studying towards, in sports science or medicine
• Previous experience of working within a professional club

If you could please send a copy of your CV and a brief cover letter to or contact our office on 020 888 8488.

London Skolars are today pleased to announce that ex-player and current Hemel Stags Assistant Coach Jermaine Coleman has taken over as the new Head Coach. Jermaine played 116 games for the Skolars from 2004 to 2011 scoring 19 tries and 14 goals. Since leaving the club he has been an Assistant Coach at the Stags under Troy Perkins.

Jermaine has an extensive playing pedigree having played in the professional ranks for 13 years for Gateshead, York, Hunslet, Skolars and Hemel. Originally from Leeds Jermaine has now settled in the Winchmore Hill area with his young family. He is currently working as an Assistant Head at a local comprehensive school.

Hector McNeil Skolars CEO had this to say “I am very pleased Jermaine has agreed to re-join the club. He has extensive knowledge at this level of rugby and has been instrumental in Hemel Stags recent success. He is based locally and having played at the club for so long has always had the Skolars close to his heart. He also knows many of the players well having either played or coached them over the years.

I expect Jermaine will bring a breath of fresh air to the club and get us back on track for this season. He comes at an important time to prepare the club for the upcoming season. The appointment will also add great interest to the opening derby game against Hemel. I am sure this will add a bit of extra spice to proceedings and I would encourage fans to make their way down to what should be a great game”

“I would also like to thank Marcus Tobin, Matt Cuss and Dave Williams for doing such a great job since Joe left. I am sure that Jermaine will be thankful for the support and expertise that all three will bring to him”

Mark Croston Skolars Director of Football had this to say “’Jermaine’s return to the Skolars fold is exciting. He is fully aware of our values and has already shown he has a clear vision for 2015 and beyond. He has the ability to be a highly successful coach and everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him’

Jermaine Coleman Skolars Head Coach had this to say “I am very excited to be coming back to the club as Head Coach. A Head Coach role was the next step for me and I can’t think of anywhere better to take it on than at the Skolars. It’s a great club and has a terrific future especially around the facilities development that is ongoing and the junior development that marks the club apart.

I also think the club has built a unique commercial platform together as well with the start of the season Capital Challenge match against Wigan, Broncos London Clash and backend of season Friday Night Lights. All marquee events that coaches and players want to show case in.”

Jermaine will take over training from this week.

Following discussions last week the London Skolars agreed to release Captain David Williams on a one month loan to the London Broncos. Interim Broncos Coach Andrew Henderson was keen to bring in Williams as a cover following injuries to key forwards at the club. The Skolars wanted Dave to join the Broncos on a dual contract arrangement allowing him to play on a week by week basis for both clubs rather than a 1 month loan.

Skolars CEO, Hector McNeil had this to say “The dual contract would have been ideal but the RFL would not allow it. We thought long and hard about losing Dave for a month. He was keen to prove himself at the higher level and as a club we felt it was a positive thing that we make it work. It sends a strong message to the players that even in times of adversity good players still get opportunities. Dave will still be around the club at all training sessions.

Broncos have also agreed to deepen our relationship and we will be meeting with Jason Loubser and Andrew Henderson to discuss this in more detail in the next week or so.”

The club are also happy to announce that former Skolars player, Co-Head and last year’s Assistant Coach, Marcus Tobin has agreed to come back in a caretaker role until we find a permanent replacement. Marcus is a top class coach in both codes and knows the lads and the club inside out. He will hit the ground running and help us pick up the pace for the Hemel game in just under 3 weeks.

The recruitment process for a new coach is progressing well with a number of very good coaches approaching the club to express their interest for the role. The club hopes to continue the recruitment process and to make an announcement in time for the Hemel game on Friday April 3rd.

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