Ward up for King’s new challenge

Former Taunton Town footballer Jamie Ward has joined King’s College 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 which 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, Ward has be- come a fully-qualified FA coach and has managed Wellington Town, Tiverton Town, Cullompton Town and Taunton’s under 18s.

“I will be working with various age groups and taking main responsibility for the First XI this season,” said Ward. “I like to think that I’ve got some foot- balling knowledge to pass on. It’s a passion with me.

“I am also going to be involved with the Exeter City Football-in-the-Community activity that takes place at King’s on a Thursday night.

“All youngsters have aspirations, so we want to give them an opportunity to make the most of their footballing ability.

“The plan is to be able to inspire the next generation of footballers and develop them right the way through the school.”

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. James has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.”

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