There have been a number of changes to the coaching team this year, both departures and additions.
After 3 seasons as RIASA Head Coach Rob Jones has taken the decision to leave to pursue new opportunities. We would like to take this opportunity to not only say thank you for the commendable work he has done, but acknowledge the unparalleled presence he brought and the generosity with which he shared his passion and experience of the beautiful game.
We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours.
We would also like to welcome Martin Hunter, who joins RIASA to overview the Academy programme in the capacity of Football Strategy & Mentoring Officer.
Martin brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. With a background in both football coaching that includes the England U19 and U20 teams and management, at national and international level.
Over a 40 year career Martin has worked at several high profile clubs including 8 years at Southampton as Technical Director, Premier league clubs Watford and Norwich City, and with a diversity of high profile players including Michael Owen, Joe Cole and Theo Walcott.