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January 20, 2018

Scotland: Meet the U23s staff – Paul Beckett – Strength & Conditioner

Paul emigrated to Blenheim, New Zealand to be with my wife and baby on the way. He is an inclusion and behaviour manager, engaging kids with behavioural difficulties in schools. Previously worked in mainstream, alternative, further education as well as for the criminal justice service.

Paul is one of a few coaches to have worked with multiple Scotland squads in the same year, working with Scotland Students, U’19s, and senior squad. Paul was also the team manager as well as conditioner for Universities World Cup in 2017.

Following the Universities World Cup Paul was invited to join the Scotland squad for the World Cup.

Beckett said:

“It was a great experience to work with Super League and NRL players and coaches at the 2017 World Cup.”

Before moving to New Zealand Paul worked with Swinton Lions and gained some Championship experience. Very grateful to all players and coaches for letting me into such a great club.

Paul is currently conditioning the Marlborough Boys College Falcons 1st XV and is looking forward to helping the lads kick on this season. Paul is also helping out with the coaching and is contemplating maybe putting playing boots back on for local amateur league team – Wairau Tanipha.

Paul played for a number of amateur clubs in northwest of England including Crosfields, Folly Lane and Golborne Park Side. Captained Staffordshire university RL. ACL injuries forced an early retirement and focus on conditioning.

“Hugely passionate about working for Scotland RL and all other clubs I’m involved with. Believe strongly in instilling professional standards and good values at all levels of the game to help develop better athletes and better people.”

Paul is a big lover of Manchester music – when not busy on the field Paul enjoys playing guitar, has previously been in bands. Love the Smiths, Stone Roses, Joy Division and Richard Ashcroft

Rugby league is a comparatively minor sport in Scotland, dwarfed by the popularity of association football, and to a lesser extent sports such as rugby union, curling, ice hockey and shinty. With the introduction of rugby league into a small number schools and the formation of youth rugby league in Scotland it has seen juniors being signed to Super League clubs. (wikipedia) advertise here

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