WE are delighted to confirm the appointment of Sam Teasdale as our new Community Engagement Manager.
Over the years the Cornish Pirates have taken very seriously the role they play within the community, and welcoming Sam on board will enable the club to not just continue their good work but to also expand it still further.
Truro ‘born and bred’, 22 year old Sam attended Penair School and then Truro College where he was enrolled into the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) alongside his BTEC in Sports Coaching, Development and Fitness.
As a young player he toured South Africa, the UAE and Japan, playing for Truro in the final of The Colleges’ World Cup. A hooker, he has also featured for Cornwall under 20s and has played alongside a number players in the current Cornish Pirates squad.
Sam studied at Worcester University and introduced the ‘O2 Touch’ initiative there, whilst also working with Worcester City Council and the Warriors, particularly with disadvantaged children. Qualified in a range of sporting disciplines, he also has a keen interest in Disability Inclusion and is an accredited Sports Equity Coach.
Graduating in Sports Coaching and Development, with First Class Honours, in 2015, Sam was targeted by Premiership Rugby for a three month ‘Try Rugby’ pilot in South Africa – empowering Township Teachers and their Schoolchildren.
On return, he undertook an internship with the Cornish Pirates before a further three month stint with the Golden Lions in Johannesburg. He worked hard to promote female participation in South African rugby and selected and trained Provincial age-group teams drawn solely from the Townships.
Now back working in Cornwall, Sam will develop a wide range of Pirates’ programmes, such as After School Clubs, Holiday Camps and his ‘Seven Seas’ initiative which sees rugby as the means to grow self-confidence in local school children through active participation in rugby.
Sam said: “It is a great honour to be the Pirates Community Engagement Manager and I am really looking forward to reaching out to the local communities, and not just to those who already play rugby.”
Sam has recently delivered a keynote speech to hundreds of youngsters keen to embark on a career in sport and will promote the Pirates’ initiatives at the Eden Project later this month, to PE teachers from across Cornwall.
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