Huw Bevan – Leader

Minis / Junior Coach Huw Bevan is the winner of the club’s Leader Award for the 2020 season. Huw has been with the club since its formation in 1995! As the club nears its 25th anniversary, we caught up with Huw to discuss some of the most memorable moments.

When did you first play Rugby League?

I first played Rugby League for Sheffield University in 1989 and played there for 3 years earning Club Colours. Previously I had played rugby union at club, district and county level but had been a fan of rugby league following the exodus of welsh players in the 1980s and Saturday afternoons spent watching the challenge cup and Lions Tours on Grandstand.

How did you get involved with London Skolars?

I joined Skolars in the founding season in 1995 as I was looking to play rugby league again after moving to London and having not been able to play for a few years due to work commitments.

Do you have a particular highlight – playing and/or coaching?

I have enjoyed playing and coaching at various levels at Skolars but a particular highlight of my time with Skolars is as a fan – Watching Skolars playing Warrington Wolves at Halliwell Jones Stadium in the Challenge cup with my eldest son (then 3) on 2nd April 2006. A  great  event and game despite the deluge of rain and points for the Wire.

Leading the Minis players around the pitch at Wembley before the Challenge Cup Final in 2018 was also a real highlight and something I hope to repeat.

What do you enjoy most about coaching young players and what does it mean to receive this award?

I find coaching young players really rewarding. I enjoy their consistent enthusiasm and commitment to our team values of discipline, team work, and work rate; building fitness and skill sets; as well as nurturing love of the game and collective team spirit in general. I was really surprised to be nominated for and then receive this award and would lie this to be recognition for all the volunteers, parents and children involved at a grass roots level at Skolars.

Huw is a deserved winner of this award; his dedication over a prolonged period of time is almost unparallelled. Numerous young players will have fond memories of working with Huw and we hope that he will continue to inspire in the seasons to come.

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