NLD ‘Spotlight On’….Phil Cass
Phil Cass took over as NLD Honorary President for the 2014-15 season at the NLD AGM in June. We caught up with Phil to learn more about him and his hopes for his year in office.
Welcome to your new role as NLD Honorary President; tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in Rugby.
I have worked in the food industry since leaving school 40+ years ago. I’ve been fortunate enough to gain experience in a variety of disciplines including Accountancy, Planning & Production Management. I am currently General Manager of a Medium sized Seafood company in Grimsby.
I came into rugby at a fairly late age, joining Cleethorpes RFC primarily to help out with Fundraising – I was soon hooked!! I went on to hold a number of roles within the club including Secretary, Chairman, Disciplinary Secretary, Coaching Co-ordinator and Groundsman.
What would you like to achieve during your year in office?
I took the opportunity when President of Lincolnshire RFU to visit as many clubs as possible and along the way I was lucky enough to meet some really inspirational people. I am very much looking forward to doing this again throughout NLD. While I may not make it to every club I will certainly be giving it my best shot!!
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges facing clubs in NLD?
I’m really looking forward to spreading the message to clubs as to how important they are to the success of the CB and how the CB can benefit them. I’d like to see more clubs getting involved with NLD, particularly attending the Management Meetings so that they tap into the wealth of experience we are lucky enough to have within NLD.
It is very easy to forget that our clubs are run by volunteers, people who give up precious free time to get involved in rugby. By working together we can hopefully make more efficient decisions – communication is key!
As we move towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015 how would you like to see clubs embrace this opportunity?
With the RWC just over a year away I am really keen to see how clubs are planning to capitalize on this great opportunity. It is the perfect time for clubs to welcome the community into our ‘rugby families,’ increasing revenues, welcoming new players and building interest in the game.
Finally, what one piece of advice would you offer to clubs within NLD?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We have some brilliant resources available in the RFU and in NLD, if you need any assistance or advice then get in touch to see if there is anything that can be done to help.
It is a fantastic honour to be President of NLD, one that I never thought I would experience. I realise I am following in very large footsteps but I am up for the challenge and I will look forward to meeting many of you along the way!!
Thanks Phil for taking the time to answer our questions and good luck this year!