The nominees for the inaugural Hull FC Community Clubman of the Year, sponsored by The Paint and Body Shop, have been announced.
The Black and Whites will celebrate their first-ever Community Week, in association with ARCO, at next Friday’s final regular season game against Huddersfield Giants - a chance to showcase the great work done in the community game in Hull.
The week will reach its climax when the winner of the Community Clubman of the Year award is announced, with local community clubs nominating a volunteer from their club who they feel is worthy of winning the prize for going above and beyond for their club.
The shortlist for nominees has been whittled down to 10 outstanding volunteers for their respected clubs, who will all enjoy the ultimate VIP match day experience in the Circle Restaurant at the match where the winner of the award will be announced.
Members of community clubs put someone they feel deserving of the accolade forward.
Find out more about the nominees for the award below.
Name: Craig Beaumont
Community Club: Hull Wyke
Bio: Craig wears several hats at Hull Wyke, not least as the Chairman of the club, whilst also coaching the open age and cubs – as well as pulling on his boots for the open age team when they are more than desperate! Craig is also responsible for the design and ordering of club kits and overseeing their own in house club shop.
Perhaps Craig’s biggest achievement with the two blues however is managing their new clubhouse build over the last six years, which would still be in the merchant’s yard but for his energy, determination and passion for Hull Wyke and the community game.
Name: Zoe Bennett
Community Club: Myton Warriors
Bio: Zoe is the wife of Myton Warriors Under-10s coach Gareth Bennett, and goes above and beyond to support the team and her sons who play in it with her fundraising efforts.
Zoe recently completed the Three Peaks to raise funds for the team, and has also completed sponsored 10k runs to raise much needed funds for the club.
Zoe is always the first to volunteer to help bring players to matches, and will bend over backwards to help the team and its players!
Name: Ray Butler
Community Club: East Hull
Bio: An absolute stalwart of the community game, Ray has been a volunteer at East Hull for over 40 years, overseeing the development of players such as Josh Hodgson, Danny Houghton and even a certain Lee Radford!
Currently acting as President of the club and coaching East Hull Bulldogs – the Under-5s team, Ray has over 40 children training with him every week! Not only is Ray the President of East Hull, he is an inspirational and reliable leader!
Name: Charlie D’Arcy
Community Club: Cottingham Tigers
Bio: Charlie is now in his second season coaching Cottingham Tigers Under-9s, having taken over last year at just 18 years old himself!
Displaying outstanding commitment to the club, Charlie began coaching the club alongside training in his new job, and still playing Rugby League himself!
Name: Neil Gay
Community Club: Beverley Braves
Bio: Neil has various roles within Beverley Braves, combining his position as club Chairman with coaching the Under-14s team, who he has coached since they were Under-7s!
In the last four years since taking over as Chairman Neil has transformed the club from top to bottom, increasing participation levels at the club to record numbers. Neil also goes into schools in his spare time to coach children to help improve participation further.
Beverley Braves have recently had the relevant permissions to begin building on their own land, giving a permanent home to Rugby League in Beverley for the first time!
Name: Jamie Hartley
Community Club: Three Tuns
Bio: The only pub team nomination, Jamie Hartley is coach of Three Tuns ARLFC. Three Tuns formed from the old Horners ARLFC, who Jamie played for before the club folded, and he took over the reigns as head coach of the new club.
Three Tuns have gone from losing every game in a season through to winning the treble in the Hull & District Premier League season 2016/17 as well as reaching the Yorkshire Cup final in the same season.
Jamie has helped to keep the rugby spirit alive for pub teams in Hull, and has helped to show that anything is possible!
Name: Ian Lawson
Community Club: Hull Wyke
Bio: Ian has been coaching Hull Wyke’s current Under-16s side right through their rugby league journey, having begun coaching them at Under-6s level and guiding them to victory in League 3 of the Under-15s Yorkshire League, having claimed the Hull & District title the year before.
Ian also helps with other teams at the club, regularly taking their Under-12s team when their usual coach works away!
Name: Frank Mallinson
Community Club: Myton Warriors
Bio: Frank is a familiar face to all at Myton Warriors, having been around the club for over twenty years!
Frank has served in just about every role at Myton Warriors, and still is at the club at least three days a week, having served as a committee member, kit man, water carrier, groundsman, coach and cleaning the changing rooms – as well as occasionally lending the referee a few words of support, all at just 79 years young!
Name: Carl McFarlane
Community Club: Holderness Vikings
Bio: Carl is the new secretary of Holderness Vikings, as well as acting as coach for their growing Under-8s side and organises a number of fundraising events such as race nights, and even took part in the Hull 10K to raise funds for the Vikings!
However, what makes Carl stand out as an outstanding contributor to rugby league is the work he undertakes in the Holderness area to help grow the sport – regularly taking time off work to deliver free training sessions in local primary schools, and even setting up a Rugby Union team to allow his players to play competitive rugby all year round and improve as Rugby League players.
Name: Janice Thompson
Community Club: Holdnerness Vikings
Bio: Janice has given the last 21 years of her life to Holderness Vikings, having joined the club in the mid 90s, and in that time has held every position within the club from Cubs coach right through to chairman!
As a coach, she showed her commitment to the club by taking a group of lads from Under-10s to winning an Under-18s league title.
Over the years her dedication to Rugby League in the Holderness area has allowed the club to flourish, and although she stepped down from the committee at the end of 2016 following the club’s successful 25th Anniversary celebrations, she continues to give up her Saturday mornings to coach the ever-expanding cubs section at the club as they set off on their Rugby League journey.
Janice is still held in such high regard at the Vikings that the current committee have nominated her for the award!
Tickets for Hull FC’s Community Club Week fixture against Huddersfield Giants are selling fast, with all junior tickets just £5 for this special match to help encourage young fans and players of the future to attend.
Members can also introduce someone new to the sport or friends and family with our annual ‘Friend for a Fiver’ offer.
Friend for a Fiver tickets are available to buy from the club’s retail stores or over the phone by calling the ticket office on 01482 505 600. Members must present their membership card when buying in person or quote their membership number for phone sales.
Thanks to our Community Week partners ARCO and The Paint and Body Shop.