May I take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the new season. Hopefully it is as successful as last year. It is an honour to be Club Captain of such a fantastic club; one which is progressing on and off the pitch across both Junior and Senior Sections. The numbers participating is a testament to the commitment of the players, coaches, managers, parents and supporters – something that other clubs in the area should be enviable of.
There is no job specification in my role of Club Captain. My role focuses on the off-field things in trying to support the Coaching Team and
Management, 1st XV Captain and Committee. The role has grown to include supporting the sponsorship committee, off-field support, social media, website, membership, kit, working with the Juniors… all sorts! My time at Old Pats started in the Senior section as I moved here for University. However my previous Club Hertford valued the Junior Section, very much like the Pats. I loved my time in Junior rugby and am still very good friends with the guys I played rugby with. We were a successful age group, winning 2 County Cups and losing in 2 finals, going on a few tours… having a great laugh along the way.
The importance of a good Junior Section to keep players coming through to the Seniors, and higher achievements, is imperative to the success of any club. This is why I enjoy coaching in the Juniors because I know it is supporting the future of the Club. The reason Old Pats is successful is because of this; with over 25 players in the Seniors coming through the Junior ranks.Good luck to all the Juniors in this coming