Sandwell Steelers appoint new Adult programme Head Coach

Following a 2017 season that saw the Steelers exit the playoffs at the hands of the eventual Division One champions, Manchester Titans, and the resignation of Ross Barrow as Head Coach of the adult side, Sandwell have moved to appoint one of the brightest young coaching talents in Britball.


The Sandwell Steelers are delighted to announce the search for our new Adult Head Coach is over.

The committee have been able to secure the services of one Britball’s most exciting young coaching talents, Maxwell Petitjean.

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Whilst most of the Britball nation will already know of Maxwell’s outstanding history, some of you won’t.

Maxwell joins the #SteelerFamilia with a wealth of experience in both a playing and coaching capacity. To date, Maxwell has some very notable accomplishments, having captained the UOB Lions to a BUCS national championship, representing GB Students, being second runner-up in the 2017 coach of the year competition and finally being Defensive Coordinator of the Brunel Burners, helping them earn promotion to Division One.

Maxwell not only brings his talents to the senior programme, but he has also has a connection to Youth and Junior football in the Midlands too, having been a founding member of the Birmingham Lions Youth set-up.

This isn’t the first time Maxwell has been associated with the Steelers as he was the Youth programme Defensive Co-ordinator for Two years and it’s nice to finally have him home!

Here’s what Maxwell had to say: “I’m so excited to rejoin the Sandwell Steelers for the 2018 season. It’s a wonderful organisation full of talented players & people who are dedicated to their local team.

“I’ve worked with so many amazing coaches over the past few years, and I’m hoping to use all that knowledge to impart what I can on this ambitious programme. But most importantly, I really want to give the players an opportunity to develop their game & enjoy their football.”

With this appointment we can also announce that longstanding Steeler Greg Freeman will be given the position of Assistant Head Coach. With the appointment now set in place, the pair will begin to build their coaching staff and plan for the rookie sessions in the new year.

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After all the hard work put in by the committee, we caught up with our chairman, Rob Amor: “”I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Maxwell to the #SteelerFamilia as the new Head Coach of our adult programme. One of the brightest young coaching minds in the country, his work with Brunel Burners (BUCS) and Birmingham Lions (BUCS and Junior) has been outstanding.

“Max’s standing and reputation in Britball will be a huge boost for the programme as we build towards several targets for the club over the next 5 years. To have Greg Freeman as Assistant Head Coach is another huge coup for the programme. Greg’s wealth of playing and coaching experience across BUCS, the BAFA National Leagues and more specifically with the Steelers over the years means the programme will pick up from and build on the fantastic work of outgoing HC Ross Barrow heading in to the new season.”