A new management committee has been set up at South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Football Club to ensure the smooth running of the club in 2015 and beyond.
Ian Curzon was appointed as the new chairman of the club, and Andy Birchall has taken up the position of vice-chair.
Curzon, a popular referee in South Wales, has an extensive knowledge of Rugby League and is already on the Wales Rugby League board of directors. Meanwhile, Birchall has been involved with the South Wales Scorpions Supporters Club since inception and this appointment means that he is handing in his notice as Supporters Club chairman.
When the Scorpions was set up in 2010, it was with a full strength board of directors but following the death of original director John Brennan and the resignations of founder Phil Davies and original financial director Rob Buckley, this board disbanded, and in 2014, the club was administered by Wales Rugby League.
Curzon said: “I am very proud and honoured to be appointed chairman of South Wales Scorpions. After the trials and tribulations off the field last year, the new management group is a major step forward to help stabilise the club and lay foundations for the future. We now need to start the hard work and get everything in place for the forthcoming season, and hopefully attract some new investors to the club.”
Mountain Ash RFC will also be represented on the Scorpions board with Martyn Ham, David O’Mahony and Mark Bennett all in attendance and they have agreed to assist where they can on matchdays while hoping to attend board meetings to provide a link from the Scorpions to their host club.
The finalised structure of the management committee will be published in due course, but it is envisaged that there will be a minimum of 14 volunteers, all contributing to the future success of Scorpions.
Curzon adds: “We’re delighted to have such fantastic hosts in Mountain Ash RFC and we’re pleased that they’re taking such a big interest. They really want the club to succeed and I think they were pleased with the steps that we’ve made off the field.”
Tickets for the biggest day of South Wales Scorpions’ 2015 season are already available. The Scorpions take on North Wales Crusaders in the Big Welsh Derby at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 10th May, part of a triple header of Rugby League. To buy, go to www.scorpionsrl.com.