Goode is back where it all started

Matt Goode is welcomed back to Bodicote Park by new BRUFC youth chairman Keith Oakes
Matt Goode is welcomed back to Bodicote Park by new BRUFC youth chairman Keith Oakes

Matt Goode has been appointed youth development officer of Banbury Rugby Union Club with responsibility for enhancing coaching and playing skills across mini, junior and colts age-groups.

Goode is making a welcome return to Bodicote Park, ten years after he played in the colts.

His role will be youth development officer with a brief to develop players and coaches throughout the youth section. In addition, Goode will provide coaching support to the club’s Colts squad and will lead the Under-8s age-group.

Goode will also join the senior playing squad in what already promises to be a very exciting season. His long and distinguished playing career has included being capped for England Under-18s, playing more than 250 national level games and coaching semi-professional rugby at Rugby, Chinnor, Cambridge, Northampton Saints Academy/Wanderers and Sevens, and also working in the Saints community team where he established and leads the HITZ programme.

Chairman John Colegrave said: “I’m delighted to welcome Matt back to the club in a formal capacity. He is a proven talent, as a player and coach, and the whole club is set to benefit tremendously from his input.”

Goode added: “Although I’ve never really been away from Banbury this does feel a bit like coming home. The youth section has grown enormously over the last few years and I can’t wait to help shape its future successes while also developing rugby in the community.

“This will be my 26th consecutive season and what better way to finish playing where I started. I’m looking forward to passing on my experiences over the last ten years to help the club move forward.”