Leeds Tykes

Support staff and medical team

By Angela Rimmington Brown
Some of the squad warming up pre-match

Strength and conditioning coach – Charlie Venables

Charlie Venables

Charlie Venables, our utility back, is our strength and conditioning coach. Charlie has a Masters in S&C from Leeds Beckett University and is a UK S&C Accredited Coach.

He started his S&C career as an Intern at Leeds Beckett and Leeds Rhinos before becoming their full-time coach.

Charlie’s role is to look after all Leeds Tykes’ performance aspects by planning, delivering and reviewing the squad members’ gym and strength programme. He does the same for on-field conditioning, to make sure the squad are match-fit.

Find out what strength & conditioning is all about. In this video, Charlie talks about his responsibilities, how he goes about them, how the lads are doing and more.

General Manager – Jake Brady

Jake Brady

Jake joined the club as a player in 2019. When Tykes moved to West Park Leeds he assumed the role of General Manager alongside his playing duties. Jake heads up the Community Programme as well as working alongside Gary Hetherington on the commercial arm of the club and Pete Seabourne with everything rugby-related.

Mike Bidgood

Mike Bidgood

Mike has been involved with the club for thirty years. He’s currently Leeds Tykes’ company secretary.
He also has a few other roles:
Hon. Treasurer
Hon. Secretary
Referee Co-ordinator
Discipline Secretary
International Ticket Contact

4th Official – Dave Lowther

Dave Lowther

Dave played for Leeds clubs from the 1970s – 1990s and has been involved in coaching the academy and officiating since then. He is now the Tykes’ 4th official.

Team Doctor – Tony McWilliams

Tony McWilliams

Doc has been around the club for a number of years now providing excellent support and care as our match day doctor.