Spartans welcome new S&C coach

Ollie Brookes works as a personal trainer and has been part of the Spartans defence for two seasons.

The Essex Spartans senior team have welcomed cornerback and Personal Trainer Ollie Brookes on to the coaching staff to head up Strength and Conditioning. 

22-year-old Ollie of South Woodham Ferrers works as a gym supervisor at Studio360 Fitness in Billericay and heads up his own business OJB Fitness, helping teammates and members of the public achieve their health and fitness goals.

“I love the idea of being a Strength and Conditioning coach; my work as a PT and the UKSCA courses I’ve attended have really informed my understanding on how to plan and progress with athletes in all aspects.

“I have always wanted to be part of a team conducting strength and conditioning, and this role is a great step in a forward direction.”

Brookes joined the Spartans as a rookie in the winter of 2015 and is a starting free safety and cornerback on the Spartans defence.

The role of the Strength and Conditioning coach with the Spartans senior team is to lead warm-ups at practice and on game days, orchestrate dedicated S&C sessions as part of pre-season training and general practice throughout the competitive season, and help players develop on a personal level with their programmes and in the weights room. 

‘Rewarding’: PT Brookes says helping his teammates to achieve their goals is why he has taken on the role.

Brookes says his job as a personal trainer is ‘one of the most rewarding’ he has had, and seeing his customers progress to better health and strength is of paramount importance in his own aims.

“I hope to help all the team to be able to understand what they need to do to progress as an athlete, and be there to answer any questions they may have.”

The Spartans senior team commence formal pre-season training on Sunday 21st January following their Football 101 course for new rookies. Anyone with an interest in coaching American Football should contact info@essexspartans.co.uk with their details. 

2017 Season Award Winners

The Double: Rob Jelly takes home two awards for his contribution to the senior Offense.

The three Essex Spartans teams celebrated a successful 2017 season with their annual Awards Evening on Saturday 21st October. 

It was a great evening for Under-19 player Ed Clark who picked up two awards, Special Teams MVP and Players’ Player of the Year voted for by his peers. Also taking home two awards for the Academy was Under-17 Aidan Langan whom won Players’ Player of the Year for the U17s and Overall Team MVP, whilst his brother Firenz won Defensive MVP for the U17 team.

Also winning a double in the senior ranks was WR/QB Rob Jelly, taking home Offensive Most Improved Player and Offensive MVP. Joining Aidan Langan in the Overall Team MVP categories for U19 was Lewis Hall and Nick Walter for the seniors. 

All three teams will start recruitment again in November; anyone interested in joining should email info@essexspartans.co.uk and follow our social media for Come and Try dates.

Full list of 2017 winners

TONY PALMER MAN OF THE YEAR: Billy Cronin

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (U17): Tommy Justice

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (U19): Daniel Naqvi 

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Steve Cox

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Kayode Babatunde-Ige 

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (U17): Charlie Mills

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (U19): Tom Grey

DEFENSIVE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (Seniors): Chris Button

OFFENSIVE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (Seniors): Rob Jelly

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Alfie Sharman

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Aaron Millar

COACHES’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U17): Adam Ridgewell 

COACHES’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U19): Aaron Jackson 

COACHES’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Bill Guppy

PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U17): Aidan Langan 

PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U19): Ed Clark

MVPs

DEFENSIVE MVP (U17): Firenz Langan 

OFFENSIVE MVP (U17): Dylan Sparks 

OVERALL TEAM MVP (U17): Aidan Langan

DEFENSIVE MVP (U19): James Hardie-Davis

OFFENSIVE MVP (U19): John Rawlings

SPECIAL TEAMS MVP (U19): Ed Clark

OVERALL TEAM MVP (U19): Lewis Hall 

DEFENSIVE MVP (Seniors): Festus Olu

OFFENSIVE MVP (Seniors): Rob Jelly

SPECIAL TEAMS MVP (Seniors): Norris Owusu

OVERALL TEAM MVP (Seniors): Nick Walter

Julius Hobbs Joins The Spartans

 
 
The Essex Spartans Academy have welcomed former Kent Exiles Under-17 Head Coach Julius Hobbs onto the staff for the 2018 season. 
 
Hobbs will take over as Head Coach and Offensive Co-Ordinator for the Essex Under-17s team, whilst former overall Academy HC Steve Watson will take over the Defense and focus on overseeing the Under-19s.
 
Of his new appointment Hobbs said: “I am very happy to be returning to the 2017/18 season, coaching the Essex Spartans youth team. 
 
“I have been very fortunate to have coached at Kent for so long, and leave a stable and competitive programme behind. It is time for a fresh challenge and I am very lucky to be joining an organisation with strong foundations like the Essex Spartans Academy.
 
 
“The Academy is a very good fit with my own football philosophy, of inclusion and competition, and I am very excited to continue and develop the great groundwork that Coach Watson has established.”
 
The Spartans U17 team narrowly missed out on a trip to the playoffs at the end of the 2017 season, after finishing fourth in the country as divisional champions in 2016 and a memorable campaign to Cornwall for the playoffs in 2015 under Watson.
 
The Spartans U19 team returned to competitive football in 2017 with an associate year and hope to return to fully-fledged competitive football in 2018.
 
“The Academy strive to provide a safe, inclusive and enjoyable experience of our sport for young men and women across Essex, and we work hard to ensure we provide them with the best,” said Watson.
 
“I have long been an admirer of Coach Hobbs, who brings many years of experience and success to us, and I have every confidence that the U17 team will continue to develop and grow under his leadership.” 
 
The Essex Spartans organisation will return three teams to competitive football in 2018; anyone interested in joining should email info@essexspartans.co.uk or search for us on social media.

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