Waines looking to boost junior rugby teams

Paddy Waines in action for Bridlington's first team
Paddy Waines in action for Bridlington's first team

First-team regular Paddy Waines is hoping his new job will help to get more local youngsters following in his footsteps.

Bridlington born and bred, the prop forward has taken over as the club’s youth development officer, looking to promote the sport to the next generation of players.

He will be building on the work of his predecessor Jack Bell, who held the post for two years and built up the Dukes Park club’s junior section.

“I will be doing more of the same,” said Waines.

“I want to get into schools to promote the game and get more people down to our club and involved with the game.

“It will be a good challenge.”

Waines is hoping that the club will be able to field teams at under-16s, under-14s and under-13s level this year, with the possibility of adding a Colts team.

Meanwhile, Bell admitted he was sad to leave his role.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Bridlington and grown very fond of the town and its inhabitants.

“The family environment at the rugby club is really special, and I am looking forward to seeing how they progress each time I visit.

“When I first came to East Yorkshire in January 2014 I was told I had a tough job on my hands – to increase membership at Bridlington RUFC by improving their public image and building relationships with the local schools.

“It was very daunting but made so much easier with the overwhelming support from local schools, the college and our volunteers at the rugby club.

“Add this to the financial assistance from Hudson Contract, Lloyd Dowson and many other local businesses, and we had everything in place to succeed.”

In his two-and-a-half years in the job, Bell found more than 100 new players to represent the club.

In addition, East Riding College managed to start a team and compete in a full fixture list, and interest is growing at both secondary schools.

“It has been so refreshing to receive the amount of support that we have from the teachers and staff at Bridlington School and at Headlands,” Bell added.

“The massive sense of community in Bridlington is something I’ve never experienced before, which made my job so much easier.”