Denis Ormesher
Academy Director

 

 

Denis was born in Liverpool and educated at St. Edward’s College and Sheffield University. He played for Sheffield University and Liverpool.

Denis, who started coaching in the Junior Blues, was Academy Manager for 8 years, before leaving the Blues to become Director of Rugby at Luton in 2008. Denis returned to the Blues in 2010 as Academy Director. He has worked with the East Midlands Under 18 squads and coached the East Midlands Under 20s. Denis is a RFU Level 4 Coach and RFU Coach Educator/Tutor.

Denis retired recently from a Global Business Development and Operations role for a Pharmaceutical Contract Organisation. He is married with a daughter and two sons.

Date Joined Bedford:    2000
Sporting Hero:               Muhammed Ali, Steve Redgrave
3 Dinner Companions:  Antonio Carlucci, Stephen Fry, Paul Merton

David Wheatley
Team Manager

David was born in Cumbria and educated at St Joseph's School and then went on to study at Workington College/Lakes College.  He starts a BA (Hons) course in Youth Work at the Open University this year.

David has been involved with Saracens since 2008 and is currently part of their successful Community Department.  David was also part of the Saracens/Active Luton, Field of Dreams/Youth At Risk Project in which he was a mentor and rugby coach.

His rugby background includes Rugby League, with Workington Town Academy and Scotland, and Rugby Union with Workington, Newcastle Falcons Development, Cumbria (from U16s to U21s) and England U18 Schools XV.

David lives in Luton with his partner and their two children.

Date Joined Bedford:   2014
Sporting Heroes           Steven Gerrard, Joe Calzaghe, Jamie Peacock.
3 Dinner Companions  Jamie Oliver, Keith Lemon, Ellie Goulding

Neil Harris
Head Coach

 


 

Neil was born in Norwich and educated at Wymondham High School and De Montfort University, Bedford.  He joined the Blues Academy in 2000, when he came to University in Bedford, and played at prop for the Blues U19s, U21s, 2nd XV and 1st XV.  Since then he has played for Wymondham, Norwich and Luton.
 
Neil is an RFU Level 3 coach, and a SAQ instructor, who has coached the Hertfordshire U14, and U15 squads and was Head Coach at Luton before before joining the Blues coaching team in 2012.  He starts the RFU Level 3 course in mid-2014.

Neil is a teacher, and is Head of Rugby and Head of Boys Games at St George's School, Harpenden.

Date joined Bedford:   2000
Sporting Hero:             Steven Redgrave
3 dinner companions: Jessica Ennis, Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington

James Pritchard: Coach

 

James, was born in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, and played Rugby League for Paramatta Eels, before converting to Rugby Union with Randwick in Sydney.  He came to England in 2001 to play for Bedford Blues.  He played for Prairie Fire in Canada, Perpignan in France, and Northampton Saints before moving back to Bedford Blues in 2007.

Pritch, who is Canadian qualified through his grandfather, has 62 caps for Canada.  He has played in the last four World Cups, and is Canada’s all-time top points scorer with 607 points from 18 tries, 103 conversions and 104 penalties. 

He has played for the Blues more than 250 times, and is the club’s leading points scorer ever with over 2,000 points.  He captained the Blues in the 125th Season in 2011, and has been the Blues Player of the Season three times.

He is an RFU Level 3 coach and a Certified UK Level 3 Personal Trainer and a Level 4 Personal Trainer with the Australian Fitness Network.  Pritch runs his own business, the Core Performance Cross Fit gym, in Bedford, and lives in Bedford, with his partner Jenni and their two children, Lucas and Hayden.

Date Joined Bedford: 2001
Sporting Hero:           Andrew Johns
3 Dinner Companions: Andrew Johns, Jessica Alba, Harrison Ford

Charlie Clare – Coach

 

Charlie was born in Reepham, Norfolk, and educated at Sedbergh School, and is currently studying for a B.Sc. in Sports Coaching at the University of Bedfordshire.

Charlie, a hooker, played for England U16s before spending four years in the Leicester Tigers Academy which incorporated loan moves to Loughborough Students, Nottingham and Jersey, and joined Bedford in 2013.  He has played over 50 times for the Blues and was selected for the Championship XV which played Canada in 2014.  Charlie is an RFU Level 2 coach,

Date Joined Bedford:      2013
Sporting Hero:                Neil Harris
3 dinner companions:     Stone-cold Steve Austin, Tiger Woods, Lord Sugar

Kieron Davies: Coach

 

 

Kieron was born in 1980 and educated at Purbeck Upper School in Dorset, and De Montfort University Bedford.

He has played rugby in France for RC Compiegne in Federal 2 and RC Arras in Federal 1, and in the UK for Bedford Blues 2nd XV (2005), Hertford, Luton and Ampthill, and is currently playing and coaching at Letchworth.  He has 34 caps for Germany, and is a FFR Level 2 coach.

Kieron is married, with a daughter Maisy and son Oliver.  He lives in Stotfold, and teaches PE at Challney High School for boys in Luton.

Date Joined Bedford:     2005
Sporting Hero:              Fabien Galthié
3 Dinner Companions:   Socrates, Cameron Diaz, Micky Flanagan

Matt Williams
Strength & Conditioning Coach

 

 

 

 

Matt was born in Wellingborough and educated at Weavers School before graduating with an Honours degree in Applied Sports Science from the University of Bedfordshire in 2008.  He completed his Post Graduate Certificate of Education in 2011 and has recently completed an MSc in Sports Performance.
 
Matt began as a swimmer at County level, competing in various National competitions, and played football as a centre back.  He played rugby at Wellingborough RFC from Under 14 - Under 19 as a centre and second row; for the East Midlands Under 16 and Under 17s squads, and for the University of Bedfordshire.

Matt lectures in Physiology, Biomechanics and Research Methods, at Barnfield College (in association with the University of Bedfordshire) and has also worked as a personal trainer.

Matt works as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Under-19 squad working on their physical development and testing of fitness.

Date joined Bedford:     2012
Sporting hero:               Mark Foster, Jonah Lomu
3 Dinner Companions:  Jonah Lomu, Albert Einstein, Scarlett Johansson

Alex Daalhuizen
Sport and Exercise Rehabilitator

Alex was born in Surrey and moved to Bedford at the age of 10. He was educated at Sharnbrook School before graduating with an honours degree in Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation in 2014 from Middlesex University.  He starts an M.Sc. in Strength and Conditioning in September 2014.

Alex is a keen surfer, he swam at County level and played hockey at University.

Alex has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in tennis and swimming and is currently working in Sport Rehabilitation at Queens Park Rangers Football Club.

Alex worked with the Blues 1st XV squad in 2013 on a work experience placement and this season will support the Blues Academy squad.

Date Joined Bedford:   2014
Sporting Hero:              Kelly Slater
3 Dinner Companions: Dave Grohl, Ian Thorpe, Muhammad Ali

Jo Livesey
Sport and Exercise Rehabilitator

Jo was born in Olney and educated at Ousedale School, Olney, and Moulton College, Northampton, where she obtained a Sports Fitness Coaching and Development Diploma, before graduating with an honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention in 2014 from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Jo is a keen runner and gym user.

Jo has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in gyms, and with Northampton Demons Rugby League club, and is currently Strength & Conditioning Coach, and Sports Rehabilitator, for Olney Ladies Rugby.  She works as a Respiratory Rehabilitation Technician at Bedford Hospital, where she treats patients with chronic respiratory problems.

Jo worked with the Blues 1st XV squad, the London Welsh squad, and the Tongan Rugby League team during the Rugby League World Cup in 2013, as part her University work experience placements.

Date Joined Bedford:      2015
Sporting Hero:                Jessica Ennis
3 Dinner Companions:    Lord Alan Sugar, Rebel Wilson, Channing Tatum

 

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