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Sam steps down

Posted: August 31, 2023
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After seven years serving the Cornish Pirates in the role of Community Engagement Manager, Sam Teasdale is set to train to become a teacher.

The Cornish Pirates take very seriously the role they play within the community and Sam has contributed to that considerably during his time with the club.

Truro ‘born and bred’, he was educated at Penair School and Truro College, and then Worcester University from where he graduated in

Coaching and Development, with First Class Honours, in 2015.


Just ahead of his departure, Sam has commented:


“I have loved my role working for the Cornish Pirates, from the time I started and all the way through. Working with so many children about the county has hopefully been worthwhile, especially considering that during this past year alone our participation has involved 85 schools and some 4,000 youngsters.”


Also delighted that Neil Smith is stepping into his role, Sam added:


“Neil is an experienced rugby coach who is well-known and respected in community rugby circles. He has assisted me and the Cornish Pirates in the recent past, as at times I hope to similarly perhaps oblige at holiday periods in the future. I know he is now thoroughly looking forward to being a further part of the Cornish Pirates family and, as the new Community Engagement Manager, is excited to add to the work that has already been done within the Cornish community.”


Speaking in appreciation of Sam and welcoming Neil into his new role, Cornish Pirates CEO Rebecca Thomas commented:


“Sam has been a tremendous asset to us throughout his 7 years in this role and has grown the community engagement significantly through his school, community camp and masterclass programmes.  It is not an easy role to juggle with the geographical spread of Cornwall but with valued support from Neil and Lee, Sam really has delivered an exceptional programme with thousands of children benefitting from his passion for rugby and coaching experience.  He has been a stalwart part of our team through some challenging periods, particularly the covid spell, and his commitment and energy for the role has never wavered.  We wish him all the best with his teacher training and future career, a role he was absolutely made for.  Sad to see Sam go but also delighted to welcome Neil into the role full time.  With his rugby coaching experience and background, having also assisted Sam with the programme for a period of time, he is sure to continue the great community engagement work across the County.”