TOM HARRISON: I leave Scarborough with fond memories

Scarborough RUFC YDO Tom Harrison's final column before leaving the club
Scarborough RUFC YDO Tom Harrison's final column before leaving the club

As many of you may have heard I am set to depart Scarborough in two weeks as I am moving to Australia to pursue my rugby coaching and playing career.

I’d like to thank Scarborough RUFC for giving me the YDO job and my first three years in the working world.

The club’s mini and junior section is thriving and I’m sure it will continue to grow under the new YDO.

We are fortunate enough to have the best amateur rugby club in the north and the more children in Scarborough who make the most of the fantastic facilities, the better.

There have been some great performances and achievements in the three years I’ve been involved with the club, by many teams.

Specific events that come to mind include the under-14s’ (Odin’s Warriors) Yorkshire Plate semi-final win this season when they put together some of the best phases of junior rugby I’ve ever seen and the under-17s (Thor’s men) win in the Cup over Beverley, and also their great show of character after being beaten at home by the same side in the cruellest possible way.

During the three years we’ve had three successful Breakaway Tours mini rugby festivals, hundreds of mini and junior rugby fixtures, three years of growing secondary schools’ fixtures, the launch of the O2 touch rugby programme and three successful summer rugby camps.

We have many exciting junior players coming through the ranks and I’m positive many of them will make a big impact on the club’s 1st XV in the near future.

Looking towards the future, I believe Scarborough RUFC will continue to go from strength to strength and now with the addition of the Valkyries (the club’s first women’s side), the club can be justifiably proud to boast that it offers some kind of rugby for boys and girls of all ages.

A lot of coaches, players and volunteers have had a helping hand in making my time here at Scarborough so unforgettable, I’d like to pass on my thanks to all the mini junior coaches for putting up with my amazing admin skills over the years.

Special mentions must go to Graeme Jeffrey, Mike Holder and Graeme Young, who have all helped me with the job throughout my time at the club.

Hopefully I can leave on a high by helping the club win the Yorkshire Shield on Sunday May 4.

Finally, good luck to all players and coaches for the future and hopefully I can come back sometime to an even more successful and thriving rugby club.