For all you 2013 team member fans out there…

Wednesday, 24.Jul.2013

Don’t forget the 2013 team

Keep a place in your heart free for our awesome 2013 core expedition team members – Ryan, Juan Pablo, Guillaume, Ben, Jonathan and Mike… look no further but to store this blog page as one of your favourites…

What a team! Here, we’ll keep a copy of each of the coaches’ profile pages.

And, don’t forget to visit our 2013 Project Page and watch our videos…

See below for information and photos…

Ryan Jones

Rugby Programme Coordinator | Rugby Coach

  • AGE: 35
  • NATIONALITY: British
  • HOMETOWN: Basildon
  • NICKNAME: Jonesy


Ryan began his ‘rugby journey’ when selected to play for Essex Schools U15’s. He’d later join local team Rochford Hundred Rugby Club continuing to gain his passion for the sport, playing many seasons for the club, as well as for Essex and Eastern Counties. Ryan would also complete six playing seasons at Thurrock RFC and two summer seasons at Vail Rugby Club in Colorado.

Ryan attended SEEVIC College where he was part of the Silver medal winning Sevens team at the British Association of Sport in Colleges Competition.

A student at De Montfort University, Ryan gained a Physical Education and History degree. He was a member of the Southern England Student Sports Association Championship winning team, and was University Rugby Chairman.

‘Mr Jones’ currently teaches PE, Psychology and Health & Social Care at The Gateway Academy in Tilbury [Essex]. Indeed it was Ryan who initiated the school’s partnership with Bhubesi Pride in 2010, overseeing its growing international link with Naranbhai Primary in Uganda.

In 2011 Ryan completed the 7-day Carpathian Mountain Trek to raise funds for the WSPA and was a Gamesmaker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, supporting Wheelchair Rugby competition athletes.


  • 13 years experience teaching rugby and coaching school rugby teams
  • Coached Gateway Academy U14 Boys to victory in the 2011 Essex Cup
  • Delivery of various adult coaching clinics
  • RFU Level 1 referee


“To reach out, and make a long-term difference, to as many African children as possible.”


“Seeing my Gateway Academy team win the Essex Cup! The context of our catchment – and having only played rugby competitively for 4 years – was an absolute triumph over adversity!”

Juan Pablo Andrade

Competitions Coordinator | Rugby Coach

  • AGE: 29
  • NATIONALITY: Mexican / French
  • HOMETOWN: Mexico City


Born and raised in Mexico City, Juan Pablo has had a ‘privileged life with a supportive family, great friends and immense opportunities’. He studied a bachelor degree in Communication Sciences and continued his education with a degree in Applied Finance for the Financial Market. On a personal level however, Juan Pablo’s biggest challenges and accomplishments have come from rugby.

As a player and team captain, JP has represented Mexico in more than 100 matches, playing in stages of the IRB Sevens Circuit, the RWCQ for New Zealand 2011 and the RWCQ for England 2015.

Juan Pablo’s mother, Patricia, has worked for over 20 years with World Vision developing education models for communities in need, from Africa to the Caribbean. She’s been an added inspiration for Juan Pablo’s involvement in Bhubesi Pride’s work, given all the values she, his family and rugby have taught him.


  • Captain of the Mexican National Rugby Team (15´s and 7´s)
  • Over 100 rugby matches representing Mexico
  • IRB Level 1 coach


“To give something back to the sport that has given me so much and show that rugby isn’t just another sport – it can be a way of life.”


“When I was 23, I witnessed a RWCQ match between Argentina and Uruguay in Buenos Aires. I had the opportunity to watch it on the side of the pitch and it totally changed my view on rugby. The Pumas played with an intensity I had never seen before in Mexico. It was my first time watching a test match so close and it blew me away. I felt inspired in every possible way.”

Guillaume Boisseau

Team Catering Manager | Rugby Coach

  • AGE: 26
  • HOMETOWN: Lyon
  • NICKNAME: Titanium


After trying many sports, Guillaume quickly fell into rugby and started playing for the LOU Rugby. He graduated from the Aux Lazaristes High School and went on to study Law at the University of Lyon III. He started teaching rugby to youth teams in his new club, Olympique Saint Genis Laval, as well as to the girls team at his university, where he also played for the main team.

During these years, University of Lyon III became three times national champion in Ovale U and N2 University divisions.

Guillaume completed his studies combining his passion for sport and law by obtaining a masters degree at the prestigious Centre for Law and Economics of Sports, in Limoges. He worked for the French trade union for rugby coaches and also for the Stade Français [Paris] as a legal adviser.


  • Coach | Olympique Saint Genis Laval U13 (2007-2009)
  • Coach | Olympique Saint Genis Laval U17 (2009-2010)
  • Coach | University of Lyon III girls team (2008-present)
  • Youth rugby coach certificate


“As a team with very different backgrounds and rugby experience, we can do a very coherent and effective job. I’d like the kids to understand that anyone – boys and girls, strong and tall or smart and tiny – can play rugby.”


RWC 1999 France v New Zealand semi-final at Twickenham.

“I was a young boy back then and had just begun playing rugby. I remember how afraid I was for my team, because the All Blacks had one of the greatest teams of all time with legend, Jonah Lomu, at the top of his game.

Lomu scored two incredible individual tries and the All Blacks scored 33 points. But the French scored 43! For 26 minutes, everything was perfect. Even Lomu, Mehrtens, Cullen, Kelleher, Umaga… couldn’t do anything to counter the French flair and defensive fury. All such amazing images which defined me as a rugby player.”

Ben Illingworth

Equipment & Resources Manager | Rugby Coach

  • AGE: 26
  • NATIONALITY: British
  • HOMETOWN: Epsom
  • NICKNAME: Illy/Benji


Ben has always been a keen sportsman, playing football and rugby throughout his life. His sporting career highlight came when representing his county in 2010.

After completing his A-levels Ben went on to gain a degree in Sports and Fitness Management from the University of Chichester. After graduating Ben worked as a personal trainer, pushing clients toward their goals and running energetic group classes. He then entered the education sector, initially working with children with special educational needs, later becoming a Teaching Support Assistant.

As well as playing, Ben has also enjoyed coaching a number of teams in cricket, rugby and football, including working for Fulham Football Club Foundation. One of his coaching highlights came when his Year 9 team won the Surrey Cup in 2012. Ben looks forward to broadening his horizons with Bhubesi Pride; to inspire and be inspired by Africa and its people.


  • Level 1 Rugby Union and Level 1 Football coach
  • Qualified Rugby Union and Football referee
  • Level 3 Certified Personal Trainer
  • Coached and refereed School Rugby teams
  • Coached Year 9 Surrey Cup Winning Football team (2012)


“My aim is to impart knowledge and skills that I have developed whilst learning and picking up new ideas, through a once in a lifetime opportunity. I look forward to meeting fantastic people and experiencing some amazing places.”


World Cup Final, 22nd November 2003, Telstra Stadium, Sydney.

“Watching in England on TV I was half asleep but the magnitude and tension of the game kept me well awake! For England to win the World Cup in the dying minutes with a Jonny Wilkinson drop goal is a moment I will never forget!”

Jonathan Markowitz

Development Officer | Rugby Coach

  • AGE: 29
  • HOMETOWN: Chicago
  • NICKNAME: Ten Six


Born in a northern Ohio suburb, Jonathan may have never had the opportunity to encounter rugby. In 2000 and, after his parents had continually moved the family from place to place in the southern and eastern states, Jonathan, aged 16 at the time, sought his own path – first to Saint Louis University, to pursue a degree in Aviation Sciences. After only two weeks there rugby, and its way of life, invited him in to stay much longer than planned.

Jonathan additionally studied Mathematics, leading him into the professional world. He became a flight instructor, pursued further graduate studies in Mathematics and joined his old rugby club as a coach and referee.

In 2005 Jonathan became a pilot for Skywest Airlines where he still works today. In his last 8 years as a pilot and referee, Jonathan has been fortunate enough to have travelled much of the world as well as having lived, refereed and worked abroad and all over the USA.

Jonathan has refereed in the Dubai 7s club championships, founded a NPO [in 2008] and competed in Ironman in Switzerland.


  • Flight Instructor
  • Saint Louis University coach (2005)
  • Midwest USA 7s referee


“To bring to so many others those experiences and values – which have been at the heart of my own success and joy – is an opportunity unlike any other I know. We are in a position to build lasting relationships and provide everyone involved an enjoyable experience, which is just what I intend to give my all to.”


“I was a spectator at Loftus Versfeld in 2009 for the 2nd Test between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions. Every player on the pitch was one of the all-time [or future all-time] greats, playing in a way that left us with no reason to question why.”

Mike Coogan

Elite level rugby specialist & Lead trainer | Rugby Coach

  • AGE: 54
  • NATIONALITY: British
  • HOMETOWN: Dunstable
  • NICKNAME: Coogs


Mike is married to Natalie and proud father to 21 year old Sam. Mike has had a varied career path, from DJ in a bar near Toulon to his current company, Rexam Beverage Cans in Luton, where he works in continuous improvement as a Lean to Logistics supply chain manager.

Mike’s rugby career has been continually expanding and developing. He was a player for 14 years and has been coaching for 25 years, working with all groups from youth to adult. He’s been instrumental to winning county and regional cups, as well as being National NPI cup final winners at Twickenham, his team awarded Junior Rugby World team of the year.

One of Mike’s greatest satisfactions has been seeing the Midlands U16’s boys he has coached, go on to achieve their England honours.

Outside rugby, Mike’s interests include golf, keeping fit and reading. His life’s greatest moment: having his newly born son, Sam, placed in his arms. Mike cried more than Sam did!


  • Coaching rugby union to adults, youth and children for 25 years
  • Level 3 RFU coach
  • Level 1 RFU coach developer
  • Advanced coaching course – IRANZ, New Zealand (2008)
  • Lead coach Midlands U16’s; County and East Midlands coach


“It’s an honour and a privilege to be part of a team that’s able to continue taking the game of rugby to towns and villages in different African countries.”


“Year 2000, as forwards coach for Dunstablian’s RFC. It was the NPI cup final at Twickenham against a side that played a league above us. Psychology plays a big part in the game and, at the first scrum, the Dunstablian’s pack picked up the opposition pack and walked them backwards. The look of shock on their forwards’ faces was a sight to see and, after that, there was no question who was going to win the game.”

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