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Accountability and honesty key for Lindsay

Bristol Bears Women’s newly appointed Assistant Coach, Tom Lindsay believes the playing and coaching group have to raise the bar in all facets ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Following his retirement from the professional game, Lindsay will enter his second season with Bears Women and under a new title of Assistant Coach. 

It’s been a challenging period for all involved, but the former Hooker has used the time as to learn and develop as a coach, which has helped him adapt to the curveballs lockdown has thrown his way.

Challenging period

“It’s been a tough pre-season for everyone at all levels with the impact of COVID-19 and the changes we have all had to make coming back in to training. It’s been a challenge for us as coaches, but one we have relished. 

“I’m passionate about coaching and learning the areas of the game which aren’t my strong suits. Over lockdown I did a lot of research and spoke to a lot of different coaches around the game to try learn different methods and approaches to coaching, which should benefit me this season.”

Accountability and honesty

Lindsay will undertake the role of attack coach for the upcoming season and the former Hooker is excited to unleash the Bears’ attacking arsenal this campaign.

“Attack and the set-piece have always been my strengths and I’m looking forward to seeing how our new-look attack will unfold this season when we get the opportunity to show what we can do, only when it is safe to do so.

“People say that ‘playing the Bristol way’ is risky, but I firmly agree with what Pat says, in that it is not risky if you know the detail, know your role and you’ve worked at it week-in and week-out.

“We’ve bought in a couple of new systems where the girls know their roles and what to do. There is accountability and honesty, which is what we want moving forward this season to help us push us to the next level this year."

Raising the bar

“We haven’t necessarily drawn a line in the sand on last season, but this year we’re transitioning from an amateur club into a semi-professional club.

“The women’s game is getting more and more professional each year, we need to make sure that there is a change for us. We can’t keep feeling comfortable, we’ve got to make ourselves uncomfortable and challenge ourselves.

“That comes with every session, a mentality to turn up and want to get better as players and as coaches. We’ve got a plan for the next two years and slowly we’ll be implementing it and hopefully seeing the difference on the pitch."


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