ABOUT US

Established in 1873, Paignton Rugby Club is a community focused organisation at the heart of Torbay, Devon. Known as “The Cherries”, we live the values of Rugby, (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship) we work closely with our community for the enrichment and enjoyment of all.

Consisting of Senior, Ladies & Youth Sections, we have over 500 members and host matches nearly every weekend in our home ground, Queens Park from September to May. We are an RFU and Clubmark accredited club.

Directors of Paignton Rugby Football Club

DIRECTORS - NICK BODNAR-01

President – Nick Bodnar

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DIRECTORS - NICK MOLONEY-01

Chairman – Nick Moloney

Nick joined Paignton RFC from Torquay Athletic as a player in 1999.  He was elected Chairman of Paignton RFC and coached Junior Rugby from 2004-2013, taking a short break as Vice Chairman in 2014 before returning as Chairman in 2015 to the present day.
Outside of Rugby, he is the Streetworks Co- ordinator for the Local Authority of whom he has with for over 25 years.
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Vice Chairman – David Siddall

David first joined the club in 1976 as a youth player having been introduced to rugby at secondary school by Trevor Ward and Paul Warwick 1st first team captain at the time. Playing through all the age groups and into colts and seniors going on to represent the 1st XV and captaining the 2nd XV.
He has also coached a team from Under 8s through to colts and am very proud that 8 player have gone on to represent Paignton at 1st XV level. Around the mid 1990s, he was asked to join the committee and held the post of secretary for 3 years. Having finished his playing career and working closer to home, he was asked to join the board of directors 3 years ago as Vice Chairman. Having played for and supported Paignton all his life this was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down and has been very honoured to do this role involved in all running of the club.
David has been lucky enough to have received playing awards and also the Steve Wright award. Outside of the club, David has worked for Booker Wholesale for over 35 years and is currently Area Manager responsible for a multi million pound turnover throughout the South West.
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DIRECTORS - RICHARD HUNT-01

Director of Rugby – Richard Hunt

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Club Treasurer – Phil Thomas

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DIRECTORS - STEWART COLLEY-01

Youth Chairman – Stewart Colley

Stewart joined Paignton Rugby in 2011 at the behest of his 7 year old son pestering Stewart to take him to rugby! He soon started to become more involved with the team and assisting with the training sessions, eventually taking over the coaching role and helping with the team management, also gaining several coaching and refereeing qualifications along the way.
He was approached by the board 2 years ago to take the role of Youth Chair. While still “learning the ropes”, it has become clear the depth of involvement of the role within the club and the wider community, and the impact the role can have.
In his other life, Stewart has been in the construction industry for over 30 years, starting life as a plasterer, then climbing the management ladder, where I have been a Project Manager for the last 10+ years. My current role takes me around the country managing multi-million pound refits.
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DIRECTORS - GRAHAM NELSON-SMITH-01

Club Secretary – Graham Nelson-Smith

Graham joined the club in 1997 with his son Sam, who was then 14 but still regularly plays for the First Team.
In his early years Graham was heavily involved with the Club’s Junior Section, which included managing and helping train under 14s, 15s and 16s teams over a number of seasons. In 2003, Graham was approached by the then Committee to become Club Secretary, which he held for several years and in 2013 was awarded the Kiwi Tie for services to the Club.
In addition to being a member of QPSC and Club Secretary, Graham continues to be the Ticket Secretary for International and Six Nations Games and the Club’s Second Team Devon Merit table liaison officer.
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Communications & Technology Director – Jez Back

Jez joined the club initially in 2016 as a keen parent wanting his children to do well at Rugby. As a long term retired player, the passion came back and he soon found himself coaching one of the Youth Section teams. After a few years, he has brought his love of Rugby & Technology together when he was invited to join the board as Director of Communications & Technology in 2018.  In this role, he has set himself the mandate to bring the wider community closer to the club and you will often see him out and about with his camera or TV equipment trying to spread the good word!
Outside of the club, he is the founder and Managing Director of Erebus Technology Consulting, a TV Host & Producer and regular public speaker at Technology events.
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DIRECTORS - SHARON DAVIES-01

Hospitality Co-Directors – Geoff & Sharon Davies

Geoff & Sharon joined Paignton Rugby Club back in 2005 when their son started to show a keen interest in the sport. They both helped to manage his youth team up until 2014.
As a close knit team, they have both worked in the hospitality industry for all of their working lives, Geoff being the youngest ever landlord in Somerset at the time and Sharon also holding her personal license. They have owned several hotels, bars, clubs, cafes, and amusement arcades and in 2014 were approached by the board with an offer of running the catering department within the club.
The newly refurbished clubhouse and kitchen offered a great opportunity to expand and bring a wider variety of entertainment to the club. They were able to offer things such as curry and quiz nights, guest speaker nights, presentation evenings and catering facilities for private events within the club such as birthday celebrations, anniversaries, baby showers, wakes etc. All providing a great deal of extra revenue for the club.
After proving themselves successful in this area, they were asked to join the board of directors and subsequently took over the running of the bar as well, which in the last year has shown an increase in turnover and profitability.
Outside of the club, they now own a successful asbestos removal company.
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Key Appointments

Safeguarding

For all safeguarding matters please contact:
Amanda Hopwood
safeguarding@paigntonrugby.com

Fixtures

For match fixture queries please contact:
Seniors:  Neil Stoddard (fixtures@paigntonrugby.com)
Juniors: Vacant (Managed by the Youth Chairman) (juniorfixtures@paigntonrugby.com)

Membership

For queries regarding membership, please contact:
Helen Quarterly (membership@paigntonrugby.com)