James ‘Nootty’ is one of the longest serving players at the club and has been there from the start. A passionate advocate for the club and the sport.
He started his Rugby League career as a Winger and his first try was the highlight of a challenging encounter away at Portsmouth (courtesy of a Leigh Wheatley kick to the corner), towards the end of the 2017 inaugural season. His game has certainly improved and developed over the last couple of years aided by a positional change to Centre, fantastic commitment to training and great coaching from Matt Bodey.
Nootty is a sociable member of the group and helps everyone with their punctuation as an English Teacher. Due to his profession he also qualifies for Great Britain Teachers Rugby League, prior to lockdown he was training with them but Covid 19 put a stop to any opportunity to play for them at the moment.
James commented about his time with the club:
“I came across the sport through two other Bath RL players Tom Culshaw and Lewis Atkinson, we were all playing together at the same union club at that time. I quickly took a liking to the game and what the club was trying to offer. Being one of two original members that are still involved with the club, it’s been brilliant to see the growth of the club.
We’ve taken a real opportunity to reflect in Lockdown, our identity, values and ethos have really been established. I think we have a good core group of players. The club are there for one another and there’s a real appetite for rugby league to grow in the area and for further on field success with the club. We are blessed with some excellent people both on and off the field. A number of players like myself have had the opportunity to trial and play representative rugby. This is down to the mindset of the players, our chairman (Chris) Chatten, our brilliant coach (Matt) Bodey and people like Richard May who really add value off the field. I’d recommend the sport to anyone.
We are a great bunch and do a brilliant job of helping people feel part of the team. The opportunities for semi professional and beyond really are there in RL. Get in touch and pop along to training. We are going places. We are growing. We are Bath RL #greatpeople”.
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