I have collated comments and feedback from people I have worked with, for, and alongside in the past. These are from people in the workplace, from my rugby coaching and management days, and from my blogging.
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I have been fortunate enough to enjoy working along some very good people during my sporting career, both in my time in Wolverhampton and when I moved back to Yorkshire. Here are some of the comments and testimonials of players I played alongside, coached and managed.
Pete, Cornwall – In my time with Wolverhampton Wizards, I found Richard’s management style very good. As a player I found that the organisation of games and associated activities whether before, during, or after was always very good and we didn’t really want for anything. His passion for the game was superb and it really showed in our playing as we all enjoyed being part of the team and Richard always made sure we were happy and consulted on everything that needed be. His coaching style was engageable, fun and efficient, and our results really mirrored his love for the game. As a coach myself now, I know the importance of player engagement and variety in training methods to achieve maximum player effort. Richard achieved this brilliantly. I enjoyed my time with Wolverhampton Wizards and the support that was given both on and off the pitch.
George, Walsall – You were infectiously enthusiastic about rugby league and about getting people into the game and you obviously had a really good knowledge of the game. Man management was good, you seemed to know how to encourage people and were good at knowing when to give people responsibility and ownership of what was going on. They were good days. Had some really good experiences. It would be interesting to see how those players developed as there were some definitely you thought could become decent players.
Chris, Gloucester – I always held you in high regard and implored your effort, strength and determination. Your background management was outstanding, almost where there was no need for almost personable interaction. Almost the unsung hero! But a massive positive for me!
Your knowledge of the game was exceptional. I cannot fault your dedication and persistence in getting things to where they did. A true gent with a heart of gold! An asset to any club, team or establishment.
Mike, Hull – As regards the setting up of Wolverhampton Warlords, I think you did some things very well. Rather better than John and myself in some areas. I am still unaware as to how you recruited the players whilst we struggled. Where we bought badges from the Wolverhampton Information shop and sewed them on shirts you approached the council directly and gained formal recognition both for yourself and your club. Wolverhampton Wizards should have beaten you to it. Indeed the whole point of having previously played under the Wolverhampton Borough moniker was to put down a marker as the pre-eminent Rugby League club in the area and create an obstacle to other clubs setting up locally. Sadly, we didn’t go far enough.
Craig, Bridgnorth – Richard was motivational with the younger members of the team – patient, forgiving and motivational to the new players in the team. Was able to galvanise the club regardless of politics and any difficulties we saw as a new start-up. He commanded respect and gave time to those that needed it, but was able to have a drink with the team as one of the lads when it was necessary. An all-round team player – an all-round good bloke.
Craig, Wolverhampton – I was coached by Rich when I first started playing Rugby League. When I joined his team, I had never played before and was a complete beginner but that never deterred Rich. Not only did he coach met he basic skills, he also had to teach me the rules! Rich was experienced and enthusiastic and the foundations he laid down with me went on to prove pivotal. When Rich moved back up north, I moved to play for Telford Raiders first team where I won 2 Midland Conference titles as well as being a runner-up. One season I also made appearances for the GB Fire Service team. None of this would have been possible without my early days with Rich.
Brendan, Wolverhampton – I was new to the game when I started coming to training when my brother invited me along one week and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been hooked on the sport ever since and it was all down the group of lads there and Rich as the coach. I found that he was always determined and committed. Every training session and game, he was there, and every training session was different, trying different techniques which made it enjoyable. From my point of view, Rich was a great coach. I wish him all the best of luck and success in his new career.
James, Wakefield – Rich pulled together players from three towns in the area that traditionally are fierce rivals to form one team. The squad was comprised of people from varied backgrounds, both male and female. It was a new concept at the time, but Rich did an excellent job of keeping the squad engaged, both from a team and an individual perspective. Training sessions were fun, varied and were enjoyed by all participants. He also promoted a culture of equality and treated everybody’s queries / concerns with the utmost respect. The group were motivated to improve through a well balanced combination of positive re-enforcement of individual and team positives and measured feedback on areas for improvement. It was an enjoyable time. I met some great people and would love the opportunity to work with Rich again in the future.
I have been fortunate enough to receive some very kind comments and words of appreciation from people who I have worked with. Here are a sample from the 360 degree feedback I sought within the last eighteen months.
Richard’s strongest qualities are his willingness, dedication , persistence in terms of ‘getting stuff done’ – often against the odds – and most of all his highly amenable personality.
Richard has a diligent approach and actively seeks to involve others. He can occasionally take on too much due to his fervent desire to do the best he can.
Richard is a godsend to our business area, a logical thinker who is compassionate, creative and customer focused.
Richard is a quality starter-finisher, an all-round team player.
Richard provides quality management support / coaching and development.
Richard is a very loyal and person-centred individual who loves nothing more than to excel at his work.
Richard provides guidance and expertise in a timely manner.
Richard is keen to perform and achieve to targets and objectives set.
Richard is helpful, responsive, and pragmatic.
Richard is conscientious, professional and friendly.
Richard is friendly, approachable, professional and efficient.
Richard is engaging, relatable, insightful, approachable and a good listener.
Richard handles negativity with considered diplomacy rather than immediate reaction, which is to his credit.
Richard is reliable, thorough, dependable and trustworthy.
I have been fortunate enough to receive some very kind comments and words of appreciation from people who have read my blog posts. Here are a sample from this year.
Gwenneth, West Sussex – Just the perspective I needed today.
Julie, Castleford – Awww, just wonderful. You have the patience of a saint and a heart of gold.
Elizabeth, Featherstone – Don’t know why but I’ve filled up reading this. We all need to start taking a leaf out of your book.
Paul, Pontefract – Well said, believe me I can relate to this.
Katherine, Castleford – A good reminder – thank you.
Pamela, Featherstone – That’s lovely.
Steve, Castleford – Well done Rich, you are an inspiration to all
Paul, Pontefract – #inspiration
Dionne, Castleford – Keep doing what you do. You never know how much words can help. Your positive words help me on a regular basis to achieve what I have achieved because I am the best I can be, bot worse than someone so keep blogging/posting and talking and you will continue to help people smile
Darren, Castleford – Superb – a wonderful message in life too.
Paul, Pontefract – A shining example of many others to follow.
Nikki, Wakefield – Amen to this!
Neil, Castleford – You do inspire, mate. (machine!)
Leanne, Castleford – I love that!
Jeanette, Wakefield – Love this Rich, well written as usual.
Vicky, Castleford – Great advice. I must remember this.
Nikki, Wakefield – Oooh, I like this!
Julie, Castleford – Awww that was wonderful Richard. Just the tonic I needed.