James Westerby

Community Development Officer

Batley, West Yorkshire

Rugby League Background:
Initially I started playing rugby union at the age of 6 at Morley Rugby Union Club. I continued playing at Morley at both junior and youth level. I played Rugby League at Batley Boys A.R.L.F.C and progressed to play academy Rugby League at Batley R.L.F.C.

I started playing rugby largely due to being taken to watch Batley R.L.F.C. by my parents when I was still in a pram! I enjoyed watching it and it was a natural progression to start playing. At that time I just wanted to play and whether that was union or league it didn’t really matter.

I became a qualified Level 3 coach in Rugby League in my mid 20s. Previously I worked with the Bradford Bulls as a development coach, coached on the Bradford Bulls scholarship scheme, Service Areas, Yorkshire regional camps and Yorkshire girls Rugby League.

Job Role:
My current role involves working with both Primary and Secondary schools. This work includes promoting, planning and delivering coaching, healthy lifestyles and literacy sessions. I also work closely with amateur clubs in the Kirklees area, developing pathways from local schools etc.

The coaching aspect also involves working and developing teachers and club coaches through the RFL model.

The impact of my work is shown in the children having fun and the increased participation levels at both school and club level.

Email: james.westerby@huddersfieldcommunitytrust.co.uk
Phone: 01484 484170