Harlequins lose club stalwart
NEWS: Harlequins confirmed that current Academy Transition Coach and former player Tom Williams will leave the Club at the end of the current season to pursue a career outside of rugby.
Tom retired from playing after the 2014/15 season and joined the coaching set up to help develop and mentor talent coming through Harlequins Academy. Over that period Tom has provided invaluable support both on and off the pitch for the Club’s young players and ensured their seamless transition to the senior squad. Alongside this role Tom has been a regular coach of the Harlequins A League side and supported the commercial arm of the Club with its leadership programme, The Business Academy.
As a player Tom amassed over 200 appearances for Harlequins in a career spanning 13 years which saw him play a pivotal role in securing European, Premiership and Anglo-Welsh Cup silverware. He was one of the first Harlequins Academy graduates, setting him in good stead for his later career choice. Tom scored over 60 tries for the London club and his astute rugby brain also saw him selected to represent England 7s in the Hong Kong leg of the World Series in 2004.
On announcing his resignation from the Club Tom said: “Harlequins has been a part of everything that I have done for over 17 years; very nearly half my life. I’ve seen tremendous highs and experienced lows which have tested my resolve to breaking point. However, despite those I do feel incredibly fortunate to have been part of the recent history of this magnificent rugby club.
“For 13 of those years I got to pull on the quarters and test myself against some of the best players in the world, all the while knowing that next to me fighting the same battle were some of the greatest people you could hope to meet.
“The Premiership Final will obviously remain a key highlight and a lasting memory, but for me it was the moments in the changing room after a game, be it as winners or losers, which I will cherish the most – the ability to look around the room and see the levels your team mates were prepared to go to achieve that victory.
“The time is now right for me to take a change in my career and move away from rugby into corporate coaching. I can’t wait to spend more time with my wife Alex, our three children Freddie, Arlo and India and to watch a Harlequins game without having to analyse it!
“Finally, I wanted to thank our supporters for everything you do in support of our club, without ‘our people’, we wouldn’t be the Club we are.”
Chief Executive David Ellis added: “Tom has made a valuable contribution to Harlequins in his 17 year tenure both on and off the pitch. As a player he was hugely respected, and a firm fan favourite given his role in one of the most successful periods in our history.
“As a coach in more recent times he has provided a number of our players with both playing and welfare support as they transition into the senior squad.
“We would like to wish Tom all the best in his future career and look forward to welcoming him back to The Stoop as a spectator for years to come.”