Fylde RFC is delighted to announce that Aled Trenhaile is joining the 1st XV squad coaching group for the 2021-22 season. Aled has been teaching and coaching rugby at Kirkham Grammar School since 1991 and was appointed Head of Rugby in 2007 on the retirement of another totemic figure in English schools rugby, Brian Gornell.
Aled has been a major contributor to the development of a generation of young players, a number of whom have gone to the top of elite professional rugby including international recognition. He has also coached representative squads for Lancashire U’16s and U’18s, and the North U’16s and U’18s.
Aled grew up near Newport in South Wales and attended Christ College Brecon where his passion for rugby was founded. He studied for a degree in history and religion at the University of Wales before teacher training and six years at a comprehensive school in the Principality. A long running friendship with former Fylde scrum-half and legendary AKS teacher Phil Rudd led him to apply for a teaching post in religious studies at KGS.
By 1996 his rugby coaching under the guidance of Brian Gornall, the outstanding Head of Rugby at that time, led to his involvement with the KGS 1 st XV squad and, as they say, the rest is history. Under their coaching, players and future internationals Alex Sanderson, Pat Sanderson, Richard Wigglesworth and Fylde’s former Head Coach Warren Spragg came through the system as well as Fylde’s new Joint Head Coaches, Chris Briers and Alex Loney.
Brian retired in 2007 and Aled took over as Head seamlessly. The School maintained its primacy as one of the most successful Northern rugby schools, with students such as Kieran Brookes, Kieran Marmion, Dan Bibby and Richard de Carpentier to the fore.
In his Fylde roll he’ll be re-establishing his links with a clutch of young, former KGS players who have become the backbone of the 1 st XV – Ben Gregory, Tom Carleton, Connor Wilkinson, Nick Ashcroft and Matt Ashcroft.
Why has he joined Fylde for the 2021-22 National League season?
Aled said: “I hold the traditions, history and reputation of the Club in high esteem. I’ve known Chris and Alex for a long time and have followed their careers with interest. I think that I can support them in their new role and the squad by bringing my experience and, maybe, a rather different approach to complement their methods and ideas. I’m looking forward to the new season with great enthusiasm!”
Fylde Joint Head Coach Alex Loney, speaking on behalf of both him and Chris Briers, said: “We’re really pleased that Aled has joined Chris and myself as part of the 1st XV coaching group. Aled has an excellent knowledge of the game, whilst being a skilled coach, and will add plenty of value in a variety of ways. Aled has been a regular visitor to the Woodlands in recent years and he clearly has a good understanding of our playing style and the squad.”
Fylde’s Chairman of Rugby Dave Young said: “We are very fortunate that Aled is joining us. He has a great record in schools coaching and really strengthens our coaching resources. This is a very good development for the Club and its playing squad.”
[Photo above: KGS 7s skipper Connor Wilkinson and coach Aled Trenhaile following their Fylde National 7s Tournament victory in 2015.]