Rugby: Tunbridge Wells chairman stands down after 27 years’ service

Rugby: Tunbridge Wells chairman stands down after 27 years' service
ALL PULLING TOGETHER: John Crees says the club needs more volunteers

JOHN CREES has decided to step down from the post of chairman at Tunbridge Wells RFC due to his changing working commitments.

He said he had hoped to carry on in the role for a few more seasons but was ‘no longer able to afford the time needed for such a role within the club.

“I have been at TWRFC for 27 years now and been involved every year in one role or another from playing, to managing, tour organiser, house and grounds – and of course more recently as chairman,” he said. 

“I am very proud of our club and what we have achieved and even more so for scaling the heights into National League status, not just surviving but competing and being a force to be reckoned with. 

“My goal was always to become chairman one day and I am very proud to have done so and enjoyed my role immensely.”

He added: “However, one thing that I have learned is that you cannot please everyone all the time and no doubt have upset a few people on the way. 

“Everything that I have done over the last few years has always been, I believe, in the best interest of the club and never for personal gain.”

He signed off with a call for volunteers and solidarity, saying: “We are a large club, with a vast membership and yet we have less volunteers than is required. 

“This means that a small number of people do a large amount of work and that is extremely demanding of a volunteer. I hope that in the future, more will put their hands up.”

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