Ipswich Cardinals Begin Search For New Head Coach

The Ipswich Cardinals are only a few seasons removed from competing in the Premiership, and this off season begin their search to return to the pinnacle of Britball with the appointment of a new Head Coach for their Senior team.

The Cardinals released the following statement:


Following a disappointing 2016 season the Ipswich Cardinals announce their search for a Head Coach to lead the Senior Team in 2017.

The Club’s 2016 Head Coach Sandy Francis and his team recognise the need for change at the Cardinals. The Club would like to retain the services of all the remaining coaching staff if possible, depending on the appointed 2017 Head Coach’s requirements.

The Cardinals are now inviting applicants for the Head Coach position.

Interested parties should send their coaching CV to General Manager, Ralph Alexander, at: info@ipswichcardinals.co.uk .

All applicants need to have registered their interest by Friday 7th October 2016.

Applicants will be expected to have a plan / ethos to improve the Senior Team’s on field performances, plus information of their expected coaching team (which may or may not include current Cardinals coaching staff).

The Cardinals also expect, as a minimum, the following from any prospective Head Coach:

  •  Hold a BAFCA level one coaching qualification with proven coaching experience.
  • Be able to plan and attend a minimum of 90% of all training sessions and 100% of all games (both normally held on Sundays plus mid-week training during the season).
  • Maintain safety standards and ensure at all times members of the Club are protected whilst enjoying the sport.
  • Senior team player recruitment.
  • Plan practice sessions and game day preparation.
  • Management of coaching staff.
  • Efficient and regular liaison with Club Management.
  • Be available for the Club’s “Come & Try Days” on 6th & 13th November 2016.


The Ipswich Cardinals are based at Northgate Stadium in Ipswich and play in the BAFANL – SFC Division II East. Further information can be found at www.ipswichcardinals.co.uk


The recent rise of the nearby Saints and the imminent return of the Norwich Devils shows the east of England has great potential for growth of the game – are you the Coach to lead this storied programme back to prominence?




Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1