The British American Football Association has announced Neale McMaster as the Head Coach of the reignited GB Lions Under 19s programme, with Calum McClenaghan appointed as Team Manager.
The announcement follows the departure of former Head Coach, Jason Henry, earlier this year as the U19s programme found itself going through some significant changes while in the midst of their build-up to potential IFAF European Championships qualification.
Having stepped up into the interim Head Coach role immediately following Coach Henry’s departure, the appointment of Coach McMaster will allow the programme continuity as it resumes the rebuilding process after years of inaction prior to being reestablished in 2018.
BAFA has appointed Neale McMaster as Head Coach of the GB U19 team and Calum McClenaghan as Team Manager. Coordinator and positional coaching roles are now open for application.
BAFA has appointed Neale McMaster as Head Coach of the GB U19 team. Neale was previously Offensive Co-Ordinator before being appointed as Interim Head Coach following the departure of Jason Henry. Neale then led the team into the friendly against France and the European Qualifier against Norway.
Neale’s permanent appointment follows a highly competitive interview process during which BAFA was impressed with his ideas and vision for the U19 team going forward.
Tariq Ayub, interim Head of National Programme said:
“I’m very pleased for Neale, who made it through a competitive field of applicants, and for the GB U19 team who bonded and responded to his leadership against France and Norway.”
Neale McMaster said:
“I’m delighted and extremely proud to be announced as the new GB Lions U19 Head Coach. It’s a genuine honour to lead and develop these young men. I’m fired up to get started building a staff that is capable of exciting players into higher performance, and turn the corner with GB U19s to make it into one of the top programmes in Europe.”
BAFA has also appointed Calum McClenaghan as team manager for GB U19. Calum has a wealth of experience in team management through managing the successful Solent Seahawks junior and youth teams based in Southampton. Calum will work with Neale, and will be responsible for administration and off-field management for the team.
With the leadership team now appointed, GB U19 are now looking to fill the remaining coaching positions on the staff working under Head Coach Neale McMaster, including co-ordinator positions.
Candidates need to be enthusiastic and motivated to represent Great Britain and registered as a coach with BAFA – holding a minimum of a valid Level 1 qualification from BAFCA.
Positional coaches who do not already hold a level 2 BAFCA qualification will be expected to commit to attain that certification within one year of appointment.
These are voluntary roles which require the commitment of both time and self-funding for travel to practices and away games.
Candidates should apply to Head Coach Neale McMaster enclosing their CV and coaching CV no later than noon on Friday 21 June. Please identify in your application what position or positions you are applying for – you may apply for more than one.
Candidates selected for interview will be notified that week, and interview times will be set up with appropriate members of the GB Lions U19 staff.