Wed 30 Sep 2020 12:17

Volunteers are our lifeblood - below are a few of the team. We are looking for new volunteers all the time - if you want to join us - please get in touch via pockmjchair@outlook.com

Chris Clegg - Minis and Juniors Chair and U13s coach. Senior manager, married, 49 years old

"I've played rugby since I was 11 at school, university, in the Army and locally - and loved every minute on the pitch! 6 years ago I was watching my 6 year old son play at Pocklington RUFC when an old friend/coach said "Cleggie - you can ref can't you?" - and here I am now!

Since then I have done 2 coaching courses (I currently hold the England Rugby Coaching Award or Level 2 as it was known) and a referee's course - all paid for by the club. I am now part of the coaching team for the U13s and since 2019 have been the Minis and Juniors Chair - responsbile for coordinating all the youth rugby at the club (over 200 players from 5 to 17 years old!). It's hard work sometimes but very rewarding seeing the next generation of players come though into the sport that I love and feel passionately about. Pocklington RUFC recently completed the build of a pavilion at its training ground and is now superbly placed to grow its youth section and continue its success on and off the pitch." 

Chris French - Resources Manager

"I grew up in the East Riding, attending Longcroft School in Beverley, captaining the teams all of the way through school starting off as a No8, progressing into the front row, but have also played fullback as I can kick with both feet. After leaving school and joining the Police, Saturday time off was thwarted as my workmate (and best man) played rugby for Hull & E.R. (Later Ionians) and the British Police which had a greater pecking order than me turning out for my home town, Hornsea.

My Police career moved me to Pocklington where we already had rugby players in our ranks getting Saturdays off.  On getting married to a local farmer’s daughter, who managed to acquire her nickname “Splash” from Pocklington Rugby legend, Tim Slater, after falling in the bath at the Club! My sporting life shifted to tennis as that is all my wife seemed to do (At that time)! Developing the Tennis Club and having a busy playing career there was rewarding on one hand with a booming serve, but never really developed a decent backhand on the other!

As a Police Officer I always kept an eye out for Pocklington Rugby Club, whilst the boys were generally law abiding I was never averse to a little mischief myself and therefore most of my colleagues and myself had a good relationship with the Club.

I became a Vice president of the Club and enjoyed the dinners and occasional watch of the 1st team. The Club was having problems filling sponsors for first team games, which was lost income for the Club. After a holiday of wine-tasting in France with stalwart John West we came upon the idea of forming a group of supporters, players and ex-players of the Club. The Diogenes Club was formed and they filled any gaps in the fixtures, sponsoring games and being extremely sociable which was, and is excellent fun.  From here my destiny unfolded, after receiving a phone call from Mat Webber after a tennis match to say I was the Club’s Resources Manager! That was some time ago and it has turned into a full time job as a volunteer. I would like to think I have helped the Club develop, being successful in obtaining funding for projects as well as bringing in and forming good new relationships with sponsors.

The work continues for me in tandem with my role as Chairman of the Tennis Club, my other full time volunteer role! We need to move the Club forward continually and develop, which takes work.  #takemehome"

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