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Dai Rees, Chief Rugby Operations Officer, Hong Kong Rugby Union, joins Seaford as Head of Rugby

Many of you will be aware that Daniel Falvey, our current Head of Rugby, will be leaving Seaford at the end of this academic year after an incredibly successful period leading our rugby.  Therefore, it was important that we recruited a very strong individual to take over the immense amount of work Daniel has put in leading rugby.

When we advertised the position, we had no idea what the response would be – and to be honest we were simply ‘blown away’ by the number of high quality applications we received.  Many applicants had international playing experience as well as a wealth of coaching knowledge.

Therefore, following our interview process, I am delighted to announce that we have appointed David ‘Dai’ Rees as our next Head of Rugby starting from this September. Dai has an immense wealth of playing experience representing Swansea, Newport and Newbridge, as well as representing Wales at international level.   From a coaching perspective, Dai was a lead coach at the Newport Gwent Dragons as well as being the Wales U20 and Wales U21 coach – with this experience Dai has coached numerous current and former international players. Most impressively, Dai was also Wales Sevens Head Coach, leading the side to immense success. Over the past few years, Dai has been in charge of the entire Hong Kong Rugby programme, which involved coaching the Hong Kong national side and receiving the Coaching Excellence Award and Best Team Sport Coach Award at the Hong Kong Bank Foundation Coaching Awards Presentation. For your information, I have provided links below detailing all that Dai has achieved in his current role and I am delighted that he has decided to leave his current position in Hong Kong to lead Seaford Rugby.

https://www.asiarugby.com/2020/04/07/hong-kong-rugby-union-chief-rugby-officer-dai-rees-to-step-down/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/52243959

Liam Doubler, Director of Sport, commented: "Dai will be a fantastic addition to the Seaford Sport team and the College. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in education, age grade rugby, professional rugby and business. His skills and expertise will support all students across our age 6 to 18 sporting pathway to be the best they can be on and off the field. It was very clear, whilst meeting Dai, that his coaching philosophy aligns with what we are trying to achieve within sport here at Seaford. 

It is not the first time Dai has coached at Seaford, he ran a Rugby 7s training session at Seaford in 2017, having very kindly offered to do a coaching session on a trip back to the UK.  Here is the training session that we filmed:

Dai will be joining an already impressive coaching team and Heads of Sport group here at Seaford. We now have top class Heads of Sport, leading the provision of all of our sports throughout the College. I am looking forward to working with all of the Heads of Sport to continue providing the best sporting provision and experience for all of our students.

Sport plays a major part in the curricular, co-curricular and social life of the College. We truly believe that "development drives performance" and "sport for all and performance sport can co-exist. Exciting times ahead!"

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