Whomack keen on the collective

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THERE is no “I” in team which Jason Whomack of Wyke ARLFC is keen to re-iterate, writes Emily Anderson.

“It may be my name that people see on numerous emails flying around and mentioned here and there, but there are many people involved at Wyke who make it run, not just me” he said.

That aside, it is still a demanding role that Jason fills as chairman at the club.

“If you ask my wife she says I don’t balance things well and she is second in the pecking order,” joked Jason, 38, who is married to Tracey and the couple have two children, Liam (13) and George (11).

“Liam plays in the Under 14s team as centre or winger but George is into kickboxing and has just gained his first grade with Quest in Wyke,” revealed Jason.

The former prop-forward has been involved with Wyke since he was 14, but hung up his boots at the age of 32 after several injuries - although he does dust them down for the odd Masters game.

“I can’t take it anymore,” he laughed.

Jason played with the Under 15 juniors before moving on to the open age team and he also had a few run outs with Bradford Northern’s (Bulls) Academy.

“I joined the committee at Wyke aged 18 and I have been the chairman since 2005,” he said “We have two open age teams, Under 8s, 10s, 12s 14s and 17s. We use to get a break but now the open age and Under 17s play summer and winter.”

Working full time as a Maintenance Supervisor for Switch Gear based in West Bowling, Jason, as well as being chairman, also coached but he has taken a back seat on this now, but he does watch training sessions and help out where possible, even if it’s on tea duty!

He also watches his son play home and away.

“We rely on committee members and volunteers to help make things run smoothly at the club, including all the events we put on, although this year’s Eddie McGuinness Memorial will be played at Sedburgh on Saturday, August 18 so that is one event off our list,” said Jason.

There has been a change to the coaching regime for next season as Jason explains.

“Unfortunately two weeks ago, after two years of being at the helm of Wyke Rugby Club, I released Nigel Briggs from the position of head coach,

Wyke Rugby Club would like to thank Nigel for all the time and commitment he put into the club

“The club have now promoted Paul Coates from the second team coaching post, to the position of first team manager, with Ian Wormald combining his duties as the new first team player/coach and carrying on with his coaching responsibilities of the under 18s team.

“The coaching set up is complete with the club captain, Ian Watkinson taking a more active coaching role, Daniel Barraclough stepping up from assistant second team coach, to second team manager and Darren Barraclough assisting on game days.

“Darren has played for the club for over 20 years but has had to retire due to injuries, but it is hoped he will help Daniel with his experience.

“Richard Knott completes team as he will carry on assisting Ian Wormald as the under 18s coach.

“Richard has been in a coaching role since their early days as under nines.”