Wasps confirm change to their Academy structure

Wasps confirm today a change in their Academy department as Academy Manager Matt Davies leaves the club.

Wasps’ Head of Recruitment, Kevin Harman, will now also head up Wasps’ Academy Department, with James Honeyben and Ian Taplin taking over the day-to-day running of the Academy.

Matt Davies joined Wasps from Saracens in September 2013 and has played a key role in the growth and development of the club’s Academy programme over the past four seasons.

Wasps deputy chairman, Nick Eastwood, said: “We would like to thank Matt for his hard work and commitment to Wasps’ Academy programme, in particular for his role leading the Academy’s relocation and expansion, both during and since the club’s move from London to the West Midlands.

“It has been a vast project and the Academy programme has grown significantly since Matt’s involvement, providing numerous player development opportunities and attracting valuable partners to enable further expansion. We wish Matt and his family the best of the luck for the future.”

Matt Davies said: “The past four seasons have provided a huge source of enjoyment and pride. It has been extremely rewarding to witness the progress of the programme and the people involved in it.

“It is only when you take a step back, that you fully appreciate the transformation we have achieved over the past few years. The key to that success is, as always, the staff – playing, coaching and the support team - who have given so much of their time and expertise.  I would like to thank everyone I have had the privilege of working with during my time with Wasps’ Academy, for their ingenuity, effort and commitment.”