Togetherness is the key as Bradford Dudley Hill bid to bounce straight back

Kenny Smith has taken over as Bradford Dudley Hill's head coach

Kenny Smith has taken over as Bradford Dudley Hill's head coach

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Bradford Dudley Hill, relegated from National Conference League Division One last season after failing to fulfil a fixture, have a spring in their step again as they seek to bounce straight back, 30 years on from them winning the BARLA National Cup.

The club have a new coaching team of head coach Kenny Smith and assistants Lewis Evans and Anthony Huby, who have injected a new vigour and attitude to pre-season training.

Smith said: “Firstly I have to say how proud I am that Anthony, Lewis and I have been given the opportunity to try get the club back where it belongs. I can’t have asked for more from the lads so far in training.

"Promotion should be achievable with a lot of hard work and commitment, with everyone pulling in the same direction - not only as an NCL side but the club as a whole.

"The effort from everyone, in not only training but attaining sponsorship, has been unbelievable, and if we take this type of determination into the season I’m sure it will be a successful one.”

Hill's first taste of action this year will be against a Keighley Cougars Select, mainly comprising their under-20s, at the Neil Hunt Memorial Ground on Thursday, February 13 (7.30pm).

A new committee has also been put in place to ensure everyone throughout the club is on the same wavelength for the first time in a long time.

The work secretary Andy Harland and new chairman Ronnie Smith have put in to initially keep the club stable and now put them in a position to move forward has been nothing short of remarkable, and the club's future now looks much more secure.

Meanwhile, Hill's Yorkshire Men’s League side will also be looking for a big season after being close to promotion last season.

The side will once again be coached by Simon Kenefik, who will be assisted by Scott Harland.

Hill's junior set-up also looks stronger, with the youngest team being the under-sevens and the oldest the under-15s as they look to produce the starts of the future.

The age-group coaches are Jason Hoyland (under-sevens), Neil Harland (under-eights), Steve Smith (under-tens), Carl Sullivan (under-11s), Ronnie Smith (under-12s), Kieran Stewart (under-14s) and Chris Cunnett (under-15s).

Among the club's backers are open-age kit sponsors Northern Trade Windows, Mark Chivers - Gas and Solid Fuel Engineer, Yorkshire Gas & Electric, BR Decorating Solutions, Cargo Solutions UK and Del Core Creative Hairdressing.

Meanwhile, Mills CNC and GMB Bradford B30 Public Services are sponsoring the under-12s and Ebor Home Improvements the under-sevens.


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