Meet the Team

Amy Hardman

Head of Community Development

I joined the foundation in 2012 as Learning Zone Manager to run the BBC Children In Need project and I have been promoted to the Head of Community Development.

Featherstone Rovers is a huge part of mine and my families lives, our weekly family gathering is usually at a Rovers home game!!

Before coming to Featherstone, my background was mainly working in schools and education but I had a few years working with horses on various hunting yards too. My passion away from work is horses and I compete when I can.

Being part of the community team is a really varied and rewarding job. I have made some special friends and met some amazing people along the way.

 

amy.hardman@featherstonerovers.net

Jamie Cording

Community Manager & First Team Player

I’m Jamie and I joined Featherstone Rovers in 2013 after signing from Huddersfield Giants. I had previously played for Castleford Tigers as well as stints at Sheffield Eagles and Gateshead Thunder on loan.

When the opportunity arose, it was an easy decision to make to sign for my hometown club after having aspirations of being a Rover since I first played for Featherstone Lions at the age of 6. My job role at the club combines playing with the first team and working in the foundation. Adapting from full time rugby to the working world was not an easy transition but it’s been a blessing for me personally. I have gained a plethora of qualifications and learned lots of new things. I enjoy teaching and coaching and interacting with the students in the schools and projects we deliver. It’s an extremely rewarding job that has a different challenge every day. We aim to inspire the kids and be positive role models not just for Featherstone Rovers, but for sport in general - outlining the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle in addition to playing games with enjoyment first and foremost.

Being a local lad, I know of the passion of the flatcapper fans and their support is something to be admired. It’s a privilege for me to work at this great club. I am looking forward to taking on my new role and developing the Foundation. 

Jamie Cording

jamie.cording@featherstonerovers.net

Amy Dobson

People’s Health Trust Project Leader

I have been volunteering with Rovers Tots since 2014 up until recently when I became the leader of People’s Health Trust project for the foundation. This new role has meant not only do I get to run the toddler sessions but I get to work alongside a great group of people under the umbrella of a great club.  

I have always worked with children and now alongside this project I am studying to be a primary school teacher. I have two children myself and I know, as a parent, how important it is to have a safe, secure and friendly environment for them to learn, explore, create and play, that is what I want to provide throughout my career for all children I meet.

Outside of work if I’m not at the side of a football pitch, at rugby training or ballet performances I am usually walking my dogs and spending quality time with my family. We do enjoy coming to show our support to the players on a Sunday when they are at home. It is a family friendly environment and a great atmosphere.

 

amy.dobson@featherstonerovers.net

Amanda Courtman

Learning Mentor

I am the Learning Zone Learning Mentor.

I work with Amy H on the Children in Need funded ImpRovers project.

I have worked with children and young people for 20 years and most recently I worked as an Early Years lecturer in an FE college.

I absolutely love my job and I am a massive Featherstone Rovers fan!

amanda.courtman@featherstonerovers.net

Misi Taulapapa

Community Coach & First Team Player

Hey,

I’m Misi, I’m 34 years old and was born in New Zealand of Samoan heritage.

I have played rugby since I was 9 years old. I spent most of my younger years playing rugby union before deciding to make the change to rugby league. I was fortunate enough to make my professional debut at New Zealand Warriors.

I spent 3 years at the Warriors before signing to play for Cronulla Sharks. I had the pleasure of spending 3 great years there whilst also having the honour of representing my country, Samoa, in the 2008 world cup.

I then moved to the UK to join Sheffield Eagles, where I played from 2010 – 2015. We won two championship titles and were the first team to win it back to back.

It’s my first season here at Featherstone and I have been overwhelmed by how passionate the fans are and how much history the club has. I am really enjoying my time here and being a part of the foundation.

It has been a pleasure to become part of the community, and working in the schools is something I love. To see the kids having fun and getting active makes the job really rewarding.

communityteam@featherstonerovers.net

Paul March

Rugby League Development Officer

Hi Guys

I'm Paul, I've been involved with Rugby League for 32 years. I started playing at the age of 6 at my local community club Thornhill Trojans in Dewsbury before signing professional forms with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats back in 1995 when I was 16 years old. I spent 6 years there before I moved to Huddersfield Giants in 2001 where I was coached by current Rovers boss Jon Sharpe. 2008 saw me take up a player/coach role at York City Knights where I gained plenty of experience since then I've been player/coach at Hunslet Hawks and Keighley Cougars. 

I've combined semi professional coaching with working in the clubs' foundations for the past 5 years. It's my aim to give the young people of Featherstone an opportunity to get involved in our great game.

Can't wait to get started at Featherstone

See you around

Marchy 

paul.march@featherstonerovers.net

Lauren Crowcroft

All Stars Dance Academy Leader

Hi Everyone!

I am 20 years old and a second year student at Leeds Beckett University studying Sport Development.

I left Crofton High School with 13 GCSE’s and completed college with 4 A Levels in various subjects. In addition I am First Aid qualified, DBS checked and have completed all relevant Safe guarding courses.

I am a qualified Sports Leader with a further Level 2 Dance certificate and a qualified Level 1 primary gymnastics coach. To support my studies at University, I am a sports coach coordinator working with schools to deliver PE curriculum and after schools clubs.

In my spare time I dance for The Rugby League Rockettes and Pro Event. Dance is my passion and I am fortunate to have danced at major sporting events throughout England. In my 11 years of dancing so far I have represented England Rugby League at International Series, Magic weekend, Grand Final, England Futsal (FA), Elite Ice Hockey Finals and many more.

Highlights have also been performing  for One Direction at Louis Tomlinson’s charity football match and also meeting Diversity and George Sampson through my dancing career. I have also had the opportunity to coach groups a routine which they then performed at the Tour De France Opening ceremony.

I look forward to working with you all at the Featherstone Rovers Dance Academy and developing your pathway within dance.

Let the hard work begin!    

communityteam@featherstonerovers.net