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7 September 2017

Former Taunton Town Player Joins King's

We are delighted to welcome former Taunton Town footballer James Ward who joins us to coach boys’ football.

The right winger, who also played semi-professional football for Yeovil Town and Clevedon Town, spent ten years at Wordsworth Drive between 1984-94. During this time the club won the Great Mills Western League title and reached the final of the FA Vase, before losing out to Diss Town in the final at the Old Wembley Stadium.

Since his playing days, James has become a fully-qualified FA Coach and has remained involved in the game: managing Wellington Town ,Tiverton Town FC, Cullompton Town and Taunton Town Under 18s.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “I am very pleased to be involved with the young footballers at King’s College. I will be working with various age groups and taking main responsibility for the first XI this season, so I am really looking forward to it.

Sharing some of his experiences, James added: “I like to think that I’ve got some footballing knowledge to pass on! It’s a passion with me and hopefully passing on some of that knowledge will help the young players develop as sportsmen and as people.

“I am also going to be involved with the Exeter City Football in the Community activity that takes place at King’s on Thursday evenings. Here we are trying to encourage local youngsters – both boys and girls – to come along and play under the floodlights and develop their game. All youngsters have aspirations, so we want to give them an opportunity to make the most of their footballing ability.”

“Now that I am back in Taunton working at King’s with Chris Heayns, the plan is hopefully to be able to inspire the next generation of footballers and develop them right the way through the school until they start knocking on the first team door.”

Chris Heayns, Director of Football at King’s Schools, said: “It’s great to have a player and coach of this calibre joining us at King’s. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share so this is a great opportunity for the young footballers to develop their skills under the guidance of somebody who has played the game at a semi-professional level.”

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