Halifax Panthers are pleased to announce the appointment of former player Brandon Greenwood as Women’s team head coach ahead of the 2024 season.
A former Ovenden ARLFC junior, Greenwood turned professional with Hull FC in 1992 before going on to join his hometown club Halifax in 94. He made 11 first team appearances for the Airlie Birds with a single appearance in the famous blue and white against Oldham at Watersheddings. Injuries cut short his professional career at the age of 27 before going on to enjoy a career with West Yorkshire police.
He has family ties with the Panthers, his grandad Harry played for the Thrum Hallers in the 1940s, his father Lee was club captain in the seventies and his uncle Brett represented the club in the early 1980’s. His sister Stacey is an former international currently with Super League side Huddersfield Giants. Brandon is also a former pro natural body building world champion.
“I’m really excited”, said Greenwood. “Having played here and with all my family playing here, the opportunity to coach at Halifax is a very exciting prospect. I’ve been coaching over the last six or seven years in the community game in the local area in both codes.”
“My philosophy is to play good solid defence and to attack off the back of that defence. I like to prepare teams so that they’re fit, fast and strong so they’ve got good endurance to be able to see games out and compete for the duration of the game. So fitness is always a big key to my teams, having the ability to defend well, get us into good field position and play some expansive rugby.”
(Greenwood during his professional playing days with Hull FC)
“In terms of trying to recruit players, anybody with an athletic ability, rugby can be coached. There’s girls and women out there that do want to play, perhaps in the off season when they play winter rugby union, they want to continue their rugby in the summer. We’re looking to recruit, add to the existing team and create some good opportunities for them.”
“I think success possibly won’t be measured just by victories. It’ll be improvements, adding to the squad and developing those players. That will be the initial focus and then the rest will come. As the word gets round that it’s a good place to be, the environment is positive, the facilities and support that they’re getting from the club is there, hopefully that will draw players in and allow us to develop that talent. Hopefully that will lead onto bigger and better things.”
Panthers CEO Damian Clayton speaking on the appointment added: “As the CEO of the Halifax Panthers, I am thrilled to welcome Brandon as the newly appointed Head Coach of our Women’s team. Brandon is not just a former player who has graced Halifax RLFC with his talent, but also an experienced professional whose 29 years of service as a police officer have endowed him with exceptional discipline and communication skills. His unique combination of on-field experience and off-field leadership makes him an invaluable asset to our team. I am excited to see the heights our Women’s team will reach under his guidance.”
Our Women’s team will begin pre season training in January at Calderdale College. Any players wishing to register their interest to join our team can contact Kara Colvin via email firstname.lastname@example.org