Cleckheaton turn to RAF for team bonding

STEVE Hutton has stepped down as rugby chairman at Cleckheaton after seven years inviolvement with the coub, including time he spent as treasurer.

Steve will remain on the senior and junior committees and will continue to support the playing side as they look forward to a good year in North One East.

Neil Gillan has taken over the role of rugby chairman, Alan Bentley has taken up the position of club president, while Ian Johnson and Keith Gatenby have agreed to continue as club secretary and treasurer respectively.

Before stepping down as chairman at the rugby club’s annual meeting, Mr Hutton confirmed that first team coach Dave Harrison has agreed to stay on for a further season.

Harrison initially agreed to coach the first team for two years but that agreement came to and end in May but he will continue for another 12 months as he looks to maximise the teams’ potential.

Many of the first team squad and coaching staff spent a weekend at RAF Scampton in Lincoln, home to the Red Arrows and the 617 Squadron (Dambusters).

Dave ‘Lofty’ Freeeman set up the camp and the squad were put through their paces by RAF officers.

Cleckheaton took part in a hard training session and had to complete a number of team boding exercises.

then had to put their brains in gear (with mixed results) as they were put through a number of team building events by our hosts, including one using an imaginary backdrop of an Afghan battlefield, where the players had to use ropes, blindfolds and team communication and problem solving skills, to successfully completion of a number of tasks.

Cleckheaton were given a good work out in their opening pre-season game at Sheffioeld Tigers.

The side performed well and matched their opponents up front but were ultimately undone by the pace of the Tigers backs, who scored several breakaway tries from inside their own half,

Cleckheaton were set to continue their preperations last night (Thursday) when neighbours Morley visited Moorend.

Cleckheaton’s original opponents, Pontefract withdrew at short notice but quick work from new president Alan Bentley helped secured a game against the Maroons.