Changes on and off the pitch have been the order of the day at Bakewell Mannerians RFC as they prepare for the 2013/14 campaign.
Looking to build on their recent successes, a new team takes on the challenge of running the playing side, whilst chairman Tim Sargent and his committee carry on their ambitious plans for much-needed playing and changing facilities.
In Jack Duncan the club has appointed a dynamic young county player as its first XV captain, and he has two able lieutenants as his vice captains in Dave Boam and the mazy running Peter Carr - whilst outgoing captain Henry Bagshawe is sure to be a key member of the team once more.
Jimmy O’Neill continues as second XV Captain, though will be challenging for a first XV place.
Mannerians’ long serving prop Martin Pearce takes over as director of rugby from Joe Oldfield, with front row colleague and even longer serving Mike Dabell as his assistant. Former Lady Manners School head of PE, Chris Weeks, will carry on his work as coach.
Pearce was quick to pay tribute to his predecessor, saying: “Joe did a fantastic job of maintaining the the club as a level seven outfit - the highest in our history - and he’ll be a hard act to follow. We’ll be trying to carry on where he left off.”
Dabell was also keen to look forward to the new season. He said: “Our objectives are to improve on last season’s league position, to increase the number of second XV games played, and to forge greater continuity with the mini and youth section.
“That really is the key to future success, and as part of it we’re looking to build our relationship with Lady Manners School still further.”
The club is keen to recruit new players of all ages and abilities to be part of its exciting future. Anybody interested should contact Martin on 07549 534539, Mike on 07714 254106 or Jack on 07545 348579.