Exeter Chiefs’ new women’s team

June 23, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Exeter Chiefs’ new women’s teamA year has passed since Exeter Chiefs announced they were adding a women’s arm to the club. Six months have passed since it was announced the team would play in the Premier 15s, the English top flight, for at least the next three years.Yet for all the excitement of setting up a new team, there have been challenges too, challenges that have only been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.How to recruit players when you cannot sell the vision and provide a tour of facilities in person? How to build a team culture with the arrival of new faces delayed by visa hold-ups and quarantine periods? How to create a playing style while training is socially-distanced?Head coach Susie Appleby, the former England scrum-half who was previously in charge of Gloucester-Hartpury, admits that it has been a “slog” at times but there’s also no hiding her excitement. After all, the factors that appealed about the job in the first place still remain.“The opportunity to work at a club like Exeter Chiefs, with the men top of the Premiership, speaks for itself,” she says. “I’d been at Gloucester-Hartpury for five seasons and they’re now in a really strong position. I want to keep growing and keep challenging myself. Working alongside Rob Baxter and the coaches here is unbelievable and will help me to continue to develop as a coach. This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The @ExeterChiefs Women squad were put through their paces last weekend with two days of group activities at @RiverDartCP, ahead of their maiden season in the @Premier15s. pic.twitter.com/VLedysEuVo— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) October 5, 2020“It’s a really exciting time. Exeter wanted to get into the women’s game long term and they have been incredibly successful hosting Internationals at Sandy Park, so it’s a great opportunity.“It’s a new project, and I can learn from what went right and what went not so right on the Gloucester journey, so we can get it as right as we can down here. We want to have a really good, consistent pathway.“I feel like there’s a lot of untapped talent in Devon, Cornwall and the surrounding counties. The ambition and aspirations at Exeter are also endless; there’s nothing to hold us back. All those things combined for me to be drawn in.”Appleby had phone and Zoom calls with numerous players about joining Exeter and while none of England’s big names are heading to Devon, she has recruited several overseas stars.Spain’s Patricia Garcia and Laura Delgado as well as Netherlands back-row Linde van der Velden were among the first to arrive, with other internationals coming from North America and Japan. They are complemented by local talent, including teenagers Olivia Churcher and Abby Middlebrooke. “We reached out to more overseas players, a lot of them with lots of experience in the international game, captains of their countries, so we know they can come in and hit the ground running,” says Appleby.“They’re good players and are leaders, which is what you need when you launch from nothing. Then we’ve got a lot of local players who can develop around them and the hope is that in year two or three, we’re more English-based.”The Chiefs men’s set-up have been hugely successful at bringing through players from Devon and Cornwall – think Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade – and the long-term plan is for the women’s side to replicate that.There is also a sharing of ideas between the coaching set-ups. Assistant coach Amy Garnett has chatted to Rob Hunter about how the Chiefs have evolved their game, Julian Salvi wants the women’s team to be the best defensive side in the Premier 15s, Gareth Steenson has done kicking sessions and Ricky Pellow is working with the scrum-halves. However, don’t expect to see a focus on rolling mauls from Appleby’s team.“We won’t copy the boys – we’re not male players, we’re female players,” she says. “We’ll keep a lot of ball on the field and want to have forwards with massive engines because of the way we want to play and amount of ball we want them to carry.“The Chiefs score a lot of tries from driven mauls but there is also some really subtle stuff we can take into our play. Look at wingers like Jack Nowell and how many touches he gets.Coaching duo: Former England players Susie Appleby and Amy Garnett (JMP/Exeter Chiefs)“We have a lot of ideas but we’ll see what comes to fruition. In the women’s game defences are not as organised as the men’s. That’s not disrespectful, it’s just how it is because we don’t have the same time together. It means we aren’t rigid in what we do, we don’t plan for phases one to five. It’s easier to break down defences, it’s more pure.“I don’t want players to pass the ball to another player because I told her to, I want her to look up and if there’s space, to go through it. We have a framework to help them, but we also want them to express themselves and see what they deliver, to bring the best out of each other.”While the playing style between the Chiefs’ male and female contingents will be different, the expectation is the same. Exeter chief executive Tony Rowe has big plans for the women’s team, on and off the field. He’s backed Appleby in providing accommodation to help attract players, but she knows she has to deliver results in return.“One of the first things Tony said when I took the job was, ‘What do you need?’ He’s very supportive but at the same time he’s a businessman. He wants us to be competitive from the off – no pressure! – and he wants the women’s game to bring in money, to bring crowds. We want to create a spectator experience, for families and kids to come to Sandy Park to watch us.”Those plans are on hold as matches currently have to be played behind closed doors due to Covid, but Appleby’s Chiefs can start working on their on-field objectives with the Premier 15s kicking off this weekend. Lead role: Susie Appleby taking charge of Exeter Chiefs training (JMP/Exeter Chiefs) Head coach Susie Appleby explains what it’s like to start a Premier 15s team during Covid-19last_img read more

New Projects Will Mitigate City’s Affordable Housing Drought

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNews Feature Stories New Projects Will Mitigate City’s Affordable Housing Drought By RACHEL YOUNG Published on Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 5:49 am 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The sheer number of renters and the relatively unaffordable cost of renting reached an all-time high across the country last year at a time renter’s income levels are slowly eroding according to a study released last week.The study released by Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies found that 36 percent of Americans rent rather than own a home, with Los Angeles leading the nation at 52 percent of residents renting.About 28 percent of renters nationwide pay more than half their incomes for housing with the highest concentration in Hawaii and California. Fifty percent of renters are classified as cost-burdened, paying more than thirty percent of their income.Demand for low rent housing continues to far outstrip supply, as the shortfall in the number of units affordable to extremely low- income renters more than doubled from 1.9 million in 2001 to 4.9 million in 2011 the study said.Pasadena is not an exception to this nationwide affordable housing shortage. With state funding cuts and now Federal funding budget cuts, the city of Pasadena is hard pressed for funds to provide new affordable units according to Housing Director Bill Huang.“When people spend a disproportionate amount of their income on rent, it means they have less money for other things including proper food, proper transportation, schooling, healthcare, etc. So that’s bad for the household and also bad for the economy because then people don’t have the money to purchase things that help keep our economy going,” Huang said.Councilmember John Kennedy has asked the Council and City staff on multiple occasions for a specified group appointed by the Mayor to study the issue of affordable housing in Pasadena for seniors and all low-income or very low-income households.“We should look at this not just at the disproportional impact; we should look at it as a community issue. So I’m hoping that it gets serious consideration to the formation of experts in our community that would advise us on this issue,” Kennedy said.City Manager Michael Beck said he had been in discussion with several groups of people since Kennedy last made the request.“We think there’s some validity in bringing in together a group of experts and we’re still contemplating that. Hopefully we’ll have something before the first of the year for the council,” Beck said.According to Pasadena’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) that designates a specified number of new units needed over an eight year planning period, Pasadena has far exceeded the amount of units produced at market rate housing, but has fallen short in producing enough low-income and very low-income housing (See chart).The RHNA for the years 2006-2014 shows that Pasadena needs 711 new very low-income units but has only produced 217 thus far.“It has fallen way short on the low and very low income goal. Those statistics would lead you to believe that there is a big unmet need of low and very low income housing,” Huang said, also noting that not everyone agrees those numbers are accurate.Currently two projects are underway to produce affordable housing. Heritage Square project on the corner of Orange Grove and Fair Oaks, will meet the need for affordable housing for seniors with 70 units of very low-income senior housing. At Mar Vista and Union a 20-unit for very low-income families is also being developed.“The other thing is to really make sure that our inclusionary housing ordinance is strong and effective because there are quite a number of multi-family developments in the pipeline right now, more than a dozen and they will generate either units or inclusionary fees that we could use for affordable housing,” Huang said.The inclusionary housing ordinance requires that any market rate project in the City of Pasadena must provide 15 percent of the units to be affordable or be subject to pay a high fee to the city that goes to producing more affordable units.The over a dozen projects in the development pipeline will produce around 100 units of affordable housing according to Huang.One of those projects includes the proposed development on Walnut and Allen that will designate 10 of its 128 units for affordable housing.However, the Regional Housing Needs Assessment will not be met even if all the proposed projects see the end of construction.“Any place where the rents are very high, it forces people to overcrowd so they move into smaller units or double with other households to split the rent or they live in substandard housing, dilapidated housing, or even illegal garage conversions,” Huang said. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. 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