Ogden spotted a clear window of oppportunity for off the field role

Wheatley Hills v Brods''James Ogden (hooker)
Wheatley Hills v Brods''James Ogden (hooker)

Old Brodleians are pleased to announce that hooker James Ogden has taken on the role of Marketing and Sponsorship chief, writes Charlotte Henbest.

Also, in what has been a tough financial year for any club in any sport, chairman Richard Turner feels that on and off the field Brods can now look ahead to the new season with renewed enthusiasm for the task ahead.

“James has been working hard for the last few months fine tuning our package of benefits etc,” said Turner.

“He has made great progress in a relatively short period of time and has secured our biggest sponsorship deal to date with Yorkshires leading double glazing company, Coral Windows.

“This is a great addition to our sponsorship panel.

“James in his `day job’ has been cross-coding with rugby league for many seasons as a leading executive for Engage Mutual in their recent sponsorship of Super League and also the referees.

“I would like to thank our loyal band of sponsors for their support,” said Turner.

“Last year we continued to receive valuable support from a number of premier sponsors including Heineken, The Shibden Mill Inn, Abram Pulman, Spenborough Engineering and San Pedro Properties.

“Also thank you to the advertisers in the programme, on pitch side boards and the individual player sponsors. Their support is invaluable.”

Stephen Rooks, landlord of the White Horse, Lightcliffe, was due to stand down from his position of treasurer due to work commitments. However, he has reassessed his position and made himself available for another season.

Turner has been appealing for help in the financial area over the last three years with the view to forming a finance committee and several members have volunteered to take on roles, for which the club has reaped the benefits.

“Gareth Taylor took on the 200 club several months ago and I am pleased that subject to a few people completing their mandates the club has reached capacity and we will have to look to extend it to cater for the demand,” added Turner.

Another positive for the club’s future was the amount of junior players that represented either their county or country and the names below will appear on the clubs roll of honour.

Youth Representatives - Under 14s: Jason Delafonte West Yorkshire, Sam Burough West Yorkshire , Dakota Wyllie West Yorkshire.

Under 15s: Luke Chadwick Yorkshire, Harry Dunn Yorkshire, Josh Forrest Yorkshire,

Under 16s: Jonny Cole Yorkshire, Under 17s: Greg Roper West Yorkshire, Adam Roebuck West Yorkshire, Chris Bell West Yorkshire, Ben Sumner West Yorkshire, Sam Jeffries West Yorkshire Chester Butler West Yorkshire, Ian Cracknell Yorkshire, Brodie Wilson North of England, Liam Parfitt North of England