James Evans

James Evans

Club Chairman, Chairman of the Executive Committee & Club Director

Westcliff RFC was formed in 1922 as Old Westcliffians Rugby Football Club for ex-pupils of Westcliff High School for Boys. In order to maintain playing standards the Club went open on a limited basis in the 60’s and fully open in the 90’s with a change of name to Westcliff Rugby Football Club.

The Club is approved as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) which brings benefits in respect of the Business Rate and tax relief on some donations. It gives us effectively the status of a charity and is recognition of the role Westcliff RFC plays in the provision of sport in our local community.

Although our most important asset is our members, the Club owns the Clubhouse built in 1984, with a 60 year lease from Southend Council. The pitches are rented annually from the Council and are maintained by them.

The Club is responsible for raising all finance for the Clubhouse and for the development of rugby. It is registered as a Limited Company and also for VAT. Directors are elected at the annual AGM and they are responsible for the efficient management of the Club.

The main income lines are: Membership Subscriptions, Fund Raising and Entertainment, Advertising & Sponsorship, and Management of the Clubhouse

The expenditure is much the same as for any small business with the additional cost of rugby. Audited accounts are provided each year as required by legislation.

In practice, much is delegated to the two main sub-committees – Youth and Senior Rugby. Volunteers always welcome.

We are grateful to those who perform a myriad of administrative roles voluntarily. Without unpaid volunteers, few rugby Clubs would exist. Don’t wait to be asked – please offer your time generously and help the Club.

The Executive Committee

Nick Crowe

Honorary Club President (No Vote), Lunch coordination , & Orator /Club Historian

Bio to follow

James Evans

Chairman, Director, in Charge of Special projects coordination and Hospitality coordination

Westcliff History:  Joined Westcliff RFC in 1986 and played right through mini / youth section and senior rugby, playing for Westcliff 1st XV for 10 seasons before retiring from 4/5th team rugby in 2018

Level 2 Headcoach of an age group since Under 6’s through to 2021/22 season finishing at U18’s with players graduating to play 1st XV Level 2 and senior rugby

Richard Johnson

Hon Secretary, Club Director, Data Officer, GMS & Website Administrator, and Club Health & Safety Officer

Westcliff History: First introduced to Old Westcliffians in 1987 whilst making up numbers in the cricket teams, playing along side  Messrs Crowe & Davies.  Volunteered later as Manager/Coach/First Aider at U9s level and moved through the age groups finishing at the U18s last season. I now keep involved with indirect roles at the Club

Rugby Achievements: Represented Millfield School and Somerset county as a youth and reached Southwest England trials but was unsuccessful

Corrie Thomas

Hon Treasurer, Club Director & U17 Coach

Westcliff History: Coaching Youth Rugby from U10s ( Now U17s) including last years u16s being crowned Essex Division 1 Champions. Treasurer and Exec Board Member since 2019. Passionate Westcliff supporter , Passionate Rugby supporter.

Rugby Achievements: RFU Level 2 Coach  RFU Qualified Referee

James Beaumont

Club Director and Director in charge of Hospitality, Events , Bar and kitchen liaison

Westcliff History: Came to Westcliff in 1997 as a non-rugby player. Played mainly in the 2’s & 3’s before moving to Southend (apologies) and playing two seasons there. Returned to Westcliff to finish off a very short-lived career.

Rugby Achievements: ALF 10’s Beer Cup winner (Sandmen), Winner of the Trafigura 7’s Tournament, Represented Lloyds of London.

Ty Harris

Club Director & Director in Charge of Sponsorship, Membership, Programs, Club International Ticket Contact and Operations

Westcliff History: Managed / Coached from U6’s all the way to U18’s before watching them join the men’s teams 2 years ago.

Past Mini Chairman, Exec member for many years, an avid supporter and lunch attendee most notably with “The Fatboyz”.

Jamie Lewis

Club Director and Director in Charge of Commercial and sponsorship

Bio to follow

Pete Mahoney

Club Director, Director in charge of Rugby , Board liaison with DoR , player recruitment , Merchandise , all rugby kits design and shop liaison and U18 Coach

Bio to follow

Darren Morrant

Club Director, Director in Charge of FAcilities & Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO)

Westcliff History:  Joined Old Westcliffians RFC as a 7 year old and played right through mini/youth and senior rugby, Westcliff 1st XV Captain in 1989/90 and again in 1991/92, retired from 5th team at age 43.  Coached an age group from U8 through to U19.  At U18 two players from the group played U18 London and South East of England and one went on to represent England, 5 players from the group still play regularly for 1st XV at Westcliff.  Both of my sons play regularly for the current 1st XV.

Rugby achievements:  Represented Essex Schools at U16.  Head Coach for Essex U18s for 3 years.

Roles reporting directly to the Committee (No Vote)

Danny Johnston

Director of Rugby & First Team Head Coach

Coaching Experinece –

Bury St Edmunds 1st Team Backs & Defensive Coach
Bishop’s Stortford 1st Team Defensive Coach
Colchester Head Coach

Qualifications –

RFU level 3 coaching certificate: Rugby Coaching
Bachelor of Science: Sports and Exercise science

Tim Ablethorpe

Youth Chair

Joined Old Westcliffians RFC as 5 year old in 1975 and played right through from Mini’s, Youth to Seniors. Now Manager of Sons Age Group

Rugby Achievements: Played Essex and Eastern Counties rugby at Colts and U21 level.

Dash Allum

Mini ChaiR

Bio to follow