Changes at the top
PRUFC's annual meeting saw a trio of key changes in the club administration, including a new president and new chairman now in place for 2012-13.
Tim Slater and Angus Mitchell formed a potent wing-centre partnershp
for Pocklington in the 1970s and 1980s; and after seven years as club
president Slater has now passed the role to his former teammate. New
president Mitchell (pictured), a local veterinary surgeon from Burnby, has remained closely involved with the club's junior and senior sections
since his playing days, with his sons, Sandy and Henry, coming through
the juniors to be 1st XV captain and vice-captain respectively in recent years.
He also had a spell as the club's membership secretary and is now
looking forward to his new role as president. He said: "I've been at
the club for almost 40 years as a player, father and supporter and its
a great privilege to be president. I think the club is a fantastic
place for players of all ages and abilities, I'm greatly looking forward to the coming season and I wish good luck to all the teams."
Andy Dickins was another long standing official, spending 15 years as
club chairman, but he has also stepped down and the new chairman is
John Bryant, who has been the junior chairman alongside a number of
other roles within the junior and senior sections of the club in recent
seasons. The third major change was Chris Ingle, last season's head of
junior fund raising, taking over from Andy Bowden as the club's
resources manager in charge of income generation.
Slater, Dickins and Bowden have all had a major impact in their spells
of office, culminating in the building of the club's new changing room
complex; and Bryant's first job as chairman was to thank the three for
their long and valuable service.
Otherwise the club's administration lies with the tried and tested with
no change in the remainder of official positions. The full list of
officers for 2012-13 is:
Executive officers - chairman, John Bryant; secretary, Rob Jackson;
treasurer, Vicky Iveson; director of rugby, Tim Clappison; bar
chairman, Allen Clovis; resources manager, Chris Ingle; operations
manager, Pete Wiles; plus team captains and junior representatives.
Non-executive officers: patron, Henry Thirsk; president, Angus
Mitchell; senior vice-president, Adrian Styche; fixture secretary,
Graham Thurlow; press officer, Phil Gilbank; club captain, Micky Beard.
The AGM also contained reports on the progress of the effort's to
change the structure of the club to a Community Amateur Sports Club,
which has significant advantages in terms of status and tax, and of the
discussions to increase the size of the club's Kilnwick Park ground.
Touch and pass sessions continue on Thursdays at Kilnwick Park for
another two weeks at 7.00 pm before full pre-season training gets
underway on Tuesday 3 July. The announcement for the coaching and
captains team for the coming season is imminent.