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Stamford Rugby Club president steps down from the helm of Midlands 2 East (South) club




Stamford Rugby president Neil Jolly has ended his illustrious tenure at the Hambleton Road club after deciding to step down from the helm.

Neil has been president of the newly-promoted Midlands 2 East (South) club for the past seven years of his 45-season involvement with Stamford.

He was previously chairman of the club for three years and was also Stamford secretary for five seasons before being ‘honoured’ to take on the role of
president.

Neil Jolly (left) pictured with Gordon Brookes.
Neil Jolly (left) pictured with Gordon Brookes.

Neil commented: “I always see the role of president as an honour and an ambassador for both the club and Stamford itself and I think about some of the past presidents we have had with great respect.

“The club like the game is always evolving and that is the path we are on.

“The one club ethos is very important to all levels. We want all our members to feel part of Stamford Rugby not just the area they are directly involved with.”

Promotion back to Midlands 2 East (South) this season was a fitting finale for Neil who has seen many changes at the club during his career.

He added: “One of the highlights for me has been seeing the club perform well at all levels.

“I have witnessed some great games and occasions and the promotion this season was a great way to finish on.

“It’s been great to work with the committee we have. We are lucky in having really good people fulfilling all the important roles.

“I have been a member of the club for more than 45 years which has seen massive change especially in the growth of mini and junior rugby and the decline of the senior game.

“I started at the club in the fifth team and now the best we can do is two teams, but that applies across the country not just at Stamford.

“A lot of the values of rugby still remain the same, both on and off the pitch.

“This year will see a massive drive for new players as we will have both a first and second team playing. We want to expand our colts and of course welcome new players to the veterans.”

Neil will still continue to support the club and is looking forward to work on Stamford’s new clubhouse gathering pace.

He said: “I believe we will continue to develop at all levels and, with the new clubhouse gathering momentum, the next few years should be exciting times for us.

“I joined when the present clubhouse was opened and remember the boost that gave us then.

“I will still continue to support the club in all aspects. I am not going away, just stepping down from an official role.

“I have been on and off the committee for more than 35 years but now I have retired from working we want to be able to use our free time for anything that appeals to us – as long as we are back by Saturday afternoon!”

Stamford will honour Neil and all he has done for the club with a testimonial match as soon as the new season is confirmed.

The club is also looking for new players – for both the first and second teams – for the new season and the move up to Division Two. For further information e-mail play@stamfordrugby.com



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