Cirencester Rugby Statement:
DoR Andy Deacon steps down after five years at the helm at Cirencester Rugby
20 May 2020 - Cirencester Rugby DOR Andrew Deacon and former Gloucester Rugby prop forward has announced his decision to step down from his senior rugby role at the club after five years, in a bid to bring further resources into the club when rugby does return.
Luke Stratford (forwards coach) and Harry Cochrane (backs coach) will also not be accepting the club’s offer to continue in their respective roles for the 20/21 season.
Andy Deacon said: “It was an extremely hard decision to make when I handed my resignation to the chairman and president, but I feel it is time to move on in my rugby career and hand over to a new (or old!) face while I consider other opportunities. I have had a fantastic experience overseeing the senior rugby at the club, with many highs and a few lows, meeting some great people along the way and creating friendships that will last beyond my time at the club. After five seasons I believe a new face and voice will re-energise the players and I leave Ciren in good shape with regards to the way it has been professionally run; the facilities and set-up are fantastic for any player and the strong youth section will deliver dividends in the coming years.”
Nick Theakston, president said: “I thank Deacs for everything he has done during the last five years. Over and beyond running the rugby side of the club, he has been a great team player and dedicated committee member. I wish him all good fortune in his next rugby role.”
Deacs went on to say: “Together with the coaches I have overseen a generational player change at the club, which was extremely challenging, but we did it. The young players that have come into the senior playing set up have acquitted themselves well and will continue to develop which will encourage further growth of the senior section.
Chairman Dave Reeves added: “Deacs has been a huge part of the club over the last five years and it will be sad to say farewell to such a fantastic character. His selfless commitment, hard work, determination and above all humility are just a few of the many qualities he has bought to Cirencester in his role as DoR. Throughout his tenure he has maintained a professional and can-do approach to the development of the players and wider club; overseeing a significant period of change within the senior squad that he has tackled with his usual enthusiasm and no-nonsense style. As a result, Deacs leaves the club in great shape, full of young and eager players looking to continue Cirencester’s success. The club and I wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours and that the friendships he has forged during his time at Ciren endure for many years to come.”
Concluding Deacs said: “I wish all at Cirencester the very best when rugby is back with us and for the opportunity to have played a big part over the years. Thanks also to the Executive Committee for their full support, along with Alasdair Wood (team manager) who has been there with me throughout my time at the club. Good luck for the new season ahead.”