A change in leadership

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ELLON Rugby Club will enter its 35th season under the stewardship of a new president, who hopes he will be able to maintain the fine traditions set by previous incumbents, including Steve Park who stood down last month.

Colin Tennant moves up from vice-president to take control of the National 1 league side, but paid tribute to Steve who is part of the Park family of which Archie was the head, but only one of a dynasty which has given so much to the Meadows based club.

“The Park family had their unmistakeable finger on the pulse of the club, enabling it to scale the heights of the national game, taking us to the Premierships in an astonishingly short space of 10 years,” said Colin. “We owe Archie, his wife Evelyn, and Moray who was an unsung hero as team manager, and not least Stevie. I am grateful to them all,” said Tennant, who will head up a new management team designed to take the club into a new era.

“Key to our development will be head coach Mike Avis who is not only coaching the first team, but continuing the fine traditions of youth rugby at the Meadows,” he said.

Ellon kicks off the new season with an away trip to newly promoted Kilmarnock.

“It promises to be a tough season, but then that’s been the case for a number of years, so what’s new?” said Avis, who hopes to unveil some new faces for the National League 1 campaign, though he will be dependent on the old guard until his new signings arrive.