REDDITCH Rugby Club are looking forward to the new season with new volunteers in key committee positions.
Whilst chairman Chris Hemming, honorary treasurer Doug Billyard and honorary secretary Steve Hindson retain their positions to give continuity and guidance, most other roles have new faces in place.
Long-serving member Brian Carr was delighted to be nominated as club president. He brings 14 years’ experience as club secretary and periods on the committee of Worcester & Hereford RFU.
Luke Kerins takes on the role of vice-chairman (administration) and is already using social media to bring some of his more mature colleagues kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Bjorn Barrow will be the new vice-chairman (playing). He joins the senior committee after a successful season’s coaching with the junior section. He will also be chairman of selectors.
Teenager Emily Shotbolt brings youth and enthusiasm to the role of volunteer co-ordinator, which has been added to the main committee for the first time this year.
The successful ladies’ section, the Queenfishers, will be represented once again by Jude Miles, whilst the junior section representative is yet to be confirmed.
Coaching will be under the guidance of ex-Redditch junior Simon Fitzpatrick, who went on to play for Worcester and Stourbridge. ‘Fitzy’ is building a team of assistants around him and is looking forward to the challenges of a new season.
Meanwhile, the Kingfishers are delighted to see second generation Redditch players James Mills and Harvey Habgood take over the reins of the first team and the Rangers second team. They will be supported by vastly experienced Stan Hull who will captain the Exiles.
The key role of fixtures secretary goes to Pete Hunt, who is already hard at work sorting out the fixtures for next season.
Young Rugby Ambassadors rewarded
EMILY Shotbolt and Joe Buckley were selected as two of 55 Young Rugby Ambassadors, from a nomination of 1,500, to visit Twickenham to watch England take on the Barbarians.
They were treated to a two-course lunch before the awards ceremony, at which both Emily and Joe reached the final 12.
Emily received her award for work in the community and Joe for his refereeing work.
To have two Young Ambassadors in the final 12 is a great honour for Redditch RFC and the hard work put in by Emily who led the Redditch YRA programme.
Also present at England Rugby HQ were long-serving treasurer Doug Billyard and hardworking secretary Steve Hindson.
The day was organised by North Midlands RFU as part of their Volunteer Recognition Scheme and the duo, along with Steve’s wife Sue, thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Club volunteer of the year
REDDITCH honorary secretary Steve Hindson was awarded the North Midlands Club Volunteer of the Year Award at a ceremony before the final North Midlands County Cup match at Dudley Kingswinford.
This prestigious award was among six awarded on the night to deserving volunteers throughout North Midlands. Steve was honoured and delighted to receive the unexpected accolade.