09:00AM, Monday 06 May 2019
Former Windsor RFC head coach Anthony Andrews is ‘grateful’ for his time at the club and believes he learnt a lot about himself and coaching during his three years at Home Park.
Andrews guided Windsor to an impressive league championship in his final season, with the club finishing eight points clear of second-placed Buckingham in Southern Counties North.
But last week it was announced they had parted ways following a review of the club's coaching structure.
“We had a sit down last week and the club decided they are going to look in a different direction,” said Andrews.
“I’m just thankful for my opportunity and three great years at the club.
“The first season we went down from level six so it was pleasing to win the league this season. I’m definitely not walking away from the game. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I’ve given as much as I can to the club and I’m just really grateful for my opportunity.
“I gave a lot of energy and time to the club but its right that someone else comes in now. I’ve been a head coach for some time so it’s best I have a break and then continue.”
Andrews came three season ago after the club and has been a vital part of Windsor’s evolution as a competitive rugby side and the coach believes that he fulfilled the aim of any coach in rebuilding the side and leaving it in a better position.
“It was a great learning experience,” added Andrews.
“When I came in I changed the way we played. We used to be quite an abrasive side and a lot of players retired or moved on when I came in so we had to rebuild.
“We now play a really fun style of rugby and I’ve learnt a lot about myself and about coaching.
“I feel I’ve left the club in a better position and I think that’s the aim of any coach.
I’m sure the club have someone lined up and I’ve said I was happy to meet them and do a handover
“I’m just really grateful and it was a nice way to end things (winning the league) with a fantastic group of players.”
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