It may be the close season, giving the Hollismen the opportunity for a well deserved rest following their promotion back into Yorkshire Division Four, however, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes by the Hornsea RUFC committee.

The main aim for the committee in the off season was to find a new coach to improve the Hollismen’s game for the increase in standard in Yorkshire Four.

Today we are delighted to announce that local man, 30 year old back row forward Steve Arnott, a Nunkeeling based farmer, will become the new club coach in readiness for pre-season training at the beginning of July.

Arnott started his playing career at Hornsea in their mini/Junior section in the early 90’s, where he enjoyed his introduction to the game. With Hornsea not having some sides back in the 90’s for some junior age groups, Steve moved on to Beverley, where he further developed. Representative honours followed as Steve was selected for both East Yorkshire Schools side and then for the county Yorkshire Schools side. Another move saw Arnott play colts rugby at Bridlington with former Hollismen Jon Bickerdike and Adam Mclatchie.

Derby University was Steve’s next club where he played for three successful years during his studies. Sadly his twenties have been plagued with injuries, notably to his knee and shoulders, which have put pay to his playing opportunities. Following a lengthy spell out of the game due to this, Arnott became increasingly interested in getting back involved in rugby again.

Following a recent upbeat meeting with club chairman Nick O’Mahony and Secretary Steve Crook, who were impressed with Arnott’s plans and ideas, he was offered the coaching position which he gleefully accepted. Speaking of his new position Arnott said,

“I’ve wanted to get back into the game for a while now, and I’m thankful Nick and Steve have given me the opportunity at Hornsea, my first rugby club. My plans are to keep things pretty simple, playing rugby at a fast tempo and getting the lads enjoying their rugby. I’d like to make the Hollis Recreation Ground a difficult place for oppositions to come and try to improve our away performances”.

Hornsea Secretary, Steve Crook, who led the search for the new coach said,

“I’ve been impressed with Steve’s enthusiasm so far and his plans for the future, we’ve given him an overview of the club and players and have given him our total backing. At the end of the season we asked the players what they wanted for the season ahead, a coach was the unanimous answer, in Steve we have gained a valued addition to the club we believe”.

Any new players, experienced or new to the game, will be very welcome at the start of pre-season training in July (further details on this to follow).

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