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Rugby club launches search for president

Ormskirk Rugby Club are on the lookout for a new president - FIND OUT MORE

Ormskirk RUFC President Nick Jacobs

The incumbent, Nick Jacobs, is moving out of the area at the end of the summer and has launched the search for his replacement,

The role is non-executive and does not involve day-to-day management – but, according to Mr Jacobs, a love of rugby is paramount.

He said: “We’re looking for someone who is passionate about rugby and the local community and who has the business acumen to provide governance for the club’s members.

“The role would require the president to attend the monthly board meetings, chair the AGM and attend key club events as and when possible.”

Mr Jacobs, who has been president for four years, is proud of all the club has done in that time.

He said: “Since I was fortunate to be appointed in 2010 the club has changed a great deal. We created a board of directors, appointed people with a wide business experience – some from outside of the club – and have turned the club’s finances into profit.

“This season we have invested £120,000 in two new changing rooms and are hoping to invest a further £25,000 in the clubhouse, providing a new kitchen in the summer.

“We have just gained prestigious and valuable sponsorship from Halliwell Jones for the next two seasons and are engaging more with our local sponsors and the community as a whole. “We now host an annual beer festival which is open to all and our Ormskirk 10k run. We are hoping for some 500 runners this year.

“Not only do these initiatives generate much needed income for the club and the local charities we support, we engage more with our local community beyond our traditional “rugby only” roots.

“On the pitch we have had a successful season with massive improvement in our men’s 1st team who just fell short of gaining promotion. Our ladies’ 1st team, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, not only won their league but also their national cup competition.

“Our men’s 2nd team were runners up in the final of their trophy, the 3rd XV was promoted in very convinving style and the 4thXV continues to be a very happy place for those players in their twilight years as well as preparing younger players for the move up the teams.

“Our minis and juniors section continues to go from strength to strength. We have more than 300 members which makes us one of the largest clubs in the North West.

“It’s important that we get the right applicants for this important role.

“We need bright, professional and passionate individuals who can help us make a difference both now and for future members of ORUFC – after all, we are just custodians of a club that will soon celebrate its centenary.”

To apply for the role of president, or for more information, call Mr Jacobs on 07785 327146 or e mail president@ormskirkrugby.com.