Tackling new role in style
HAVING just taken over as president of Ipswich Rangers Rugby Union Club, Kim Rowcliffe is proving he was made for the job.
In a sign of the life he has got himself in for, on Sunday Rowcliffe had two separate photo shoots to attend at Rangers' Woodend base.
Not wanting to take all the limelight himself, he planned them for Sunday morning while club volunteers were doing a stocktake and clean-up.
Rowcliffe was able to keep everyone happy by getting them in the photo while getting more work done at the club than they might otherwise have done, by keeping them there between shoots.
"There's been a vacancy there for a while," Rowcliffe said when asked why he'd taken on Rangers' presidency.
"Being passionate about the sport and more recently the club.
"Some people get involved and think 'I can do more than stand on the sidelines'.
"I couldn't see the club going any longer without someone in that role."
Rowcliffe has been involved with Rangers for four years as coach of son George's team and as recent club media officer.
As such he was able to closely view the demands the job placed on his predecessor Damian Roche.
"I'd seen what Roachy used to do there," Rowcliffe said.
"With someone like him, they tend to almost do too much.
"We need them to pull back a bit and let others do more."
Rowcliffe's success in the job could depend on how well he succeeds in that aim.
He is placing a big emphasis on recruiting a range of volunteers to help out.
"It's about making it an enjoyable place to be," Rowcliffe said.
"So much relies on volunteers.
"You've got to show you appreciate what they do.
"By ringing them up and saying 'thanks for the job you're doing, we really appreciate it'.
"In my experience, that works as well as anything."
With the club's senior playing ranks as strong as any time in the recent past, one of Rowcliffe's main tasks will be to boost junior numbers.
"We'll have some junior come-and-try rugby days," he said.
"We want at least one team in each age group, preferably two.
"We also need to make sure we service our sponsors and partners more."
Rowcliffe would like to see the seniors target a move out of the Sub-Districts and into the Brisbane grade competition.
Dialogue with the Queensland Rugby Union is required first, however, to see how realistic the goal is and what to work towards.
With tertiary qualifications in sports management, Rowcliffe means to bring more structured financial goals to the club.
"If the new group can put together a three-year strict business plan that will help the club," he said.
"But it all comes back to the members (and what they want).
"If we can all muck in and share the workload, it will be much easier.
"We've got a good, broad skill set on the committee."
Rangers have begun pre-season training and new players are welcome to join them at Woodend Park from 6.30pm each Tuesday and Wednesday.