Farewell Hammo as Green & Whites skipper leaves for Hong Kong

May 11, 2012

After a decade-long career with the Green and Whites, skippering the side a record 227 times, Craig Hammond has accepted a job as player-coach of Hong Kong Scottish.

A phone call out of the blue from the Oriental rugby hot-bed, led quickly to a tour of their impressive facilities and an “opportunity…too good to knock back” for Hammo to really embark upon his coaching career.

“I’ll be mentored in coaching at a high level, working with both the Hong Kong Rugby Union and an ambitious side like Scottish. I’ve just turned 33 so it’s a perfect time to transition from playing to coaching, which is what I’ve always wanted.”

It was during his first weeks in Nottingham that Hammond’s desire for coaching developed, arriving in 2001 to take a part-time post as head of the newly formed community department. He went on to take charge of Nottingham University for five years and last month claimed a breakthrough piece of silverware by guiding Ilkeston to its first Derby County Championship since 2001.

“There have been a lot of good years on the field, but the passion I have for coaching off the field and running the disability program through the club is a big part of me,” Hammond said.

“I’ll bring that experience with me to Hong Kong where I’ll be taking rugby to the schools while also moving down the coaching path that I always dreamed of since I first took charge of the Nottingham University side.”

“It’s been an emotional decision to come to, leaving a club, a city and people that have been so good to me for so long for an exciting chance to further my career in an amazing place like Hong Kong,” said Hammond, who will be relocating with his wife and three children in June.

The dairy would like to thank Hammo for his many years of dedication and service not only to the club, but to the people and city of Nottingham. We wish the Hammond family all the very best for their new adventure.

Read the full story on the Nottingham Rugby website website.


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