Hull FC youth development goals outlined as club promote Richard Tate to new role

Richard Tate has been appointed Hull FC's new Head of Youth.
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Richard Tate says it's a 'huge honour' to be given the role of Head of Youth at Hull FC. Tate has started work in his new position with immediate effect and will continue the strong programme put in place by Pete Riding over the last two and a half years.

Paying tribute to Riding, Tate also shares the same vision of developing club-produced talent into Hull's first-team, with a core value placed on their holistic development. For the Black and Whites, the person behind the player is just as important as the talent itself, with Hull now aiming to build on the foundation laid.

Tate is determined to continue that evolution as he takes charge of the club's rising Centre of Excellence and youth programmes. A former coach at Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos, Tate has worked at Hull in two spells for a decade. He is one of the British game’s most highly-rated youth development coaches, with over 15 years of experience across various formats of the sport.

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He has already played a role in developing the club's young players, coaching the scholarship side, and managing the players through the academy and reserve systems. He will now lead a youth system that contains over 120 of the region's most promising players.

Speaking on his new role, Tate said: "It's a real honour to be given the opportunity to be the Head of Youth at a club the size of Hull FC. I consider myself very fortunate to work in this great game at the level that I'm involved with, and with the type of staff and players I work with.

"My main focus is to continue helping these young players develop in the best possible way. That's always been my passion, and I'm really determined to succeed in that. That's not just about making them great rugby league players; it's teaching them some valuable life skills as well. I want them to become better people and be able to represent the club in the best and most positive way possible.

"I'm looking forward to the challenges within all of that to get the best out of our programme that, under Pete Riding over the last two and a half years, has gone from strength to strength. It's been a privilege to work under Pete - some of the insight he has given me is something I will take forward in this role and probably for the rest of my life as well. I can't wait now to help grow our programme and develop more of our players into the first-team."

With a key focus on nurturing club-produced talent, Hull have enjoyed some real gains in the last three years at youth level. The results are there to see in the calibre of players now playing in the first-team, with the likes of Lewis Martin, Logan Moy, Jack Charles, etc, all making their mark. Tate, meanwhile, expects those numbers to continue to grow, with even more quality coming through as the club develops the right attitudes and cultures.

"With youth, you're always trying to develop standards and that winning culture," Tate continued. "That word culture gets thrown around a lot these days, but what defines a culture are your standards and your behaviours. They're set by a very good group of staff that we've got at Hull FC, and the results are a by-product of your performance. That's what we're striving for: getting consistent performances, and that's on and off the field, in training as well as the actual matches.

"We've attracted some fantastic young players within the city and further afield now. That's down to the staff we've got, some of which go unnoticed, the Talent ID staff, and those we have working within the club. We want to continue to drive that hard work and those standards to increase performances.

"Our aim is to produce. That's a club-wide goal that has been in place for a number of years. That goal, with the people we've brought in and the players we're developing, is now a lot more attainable. It comes down to the support of the club. They're driving the goal of bringing kids through."

That club-wide support comes from the senior level right down, with Director of Rugby Richie Myler in contact with Tate to make the most of the programme moving forward, with the club's new hub at the University of Hull nearing completion.

"Richie is a fresh set of eyes, and he offers a new perspective on things," Tate added. "That can only benefit the club. He's got some great ideas going forward, and he knows how he wants them to look over the next few years.

"The main thing is that he believes in these young players coming through. He's experienced, and his first-hand knowledge of it all is well up there. We have regular conversations, and he's really passionate about the club and where it can go. That's a massive bonus for us and it will make my job easier having that support from our Director of Rugby."

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