"Bringing Rugby to the Community and the Community to Rugby"
The Committee are dedicated individuals who are responsible for the safe running of the Pumas ensuring that all our members get the best possible experience from playing, coaching, volunteering and supporting this great rugby club
I have been a member of the club for the past 23 years having played and represented the club on the field for 10 years.
The Pumas have been a big part of my life during this period. Nothing beats running out onto the pitch to represent the Pumas but as we know time and tide wait for no man! Since my retirement I have been involved in various roles within the club, from organising End of Season Tours and social events within the club to finally moving to the Committee as Vice Chairman then President.
We are a club that is pushing hard to find a home locally. We are working hard with the local council and their representatives as well as the local community to make this happen. In recent years the successful growth of our Junior section has only added more momentum to finding a permanent home.
When you align the search for the new ground, the continued growth of the seniors and junior sections, and reaching out to find sponsorship, this gives us a wonderful focus moving forward. We have a passion to drive this club forward and have achieved a lot in the past 25 years, with clarity of our journey ahead the future looks very exciting.
If you are new to the area or wish to join the club as a volunteer, senior player, or parents looking to join their kids into our "Puma Cubs" please reach out to us and join us on our journey.
It’s hard to explain how much of a positive impact becoming a Puma has had on so many different aspects of my life - socially, mentally, physically AND (some may say) at a stretch - my ability to drink and play rugby (probably in that order).
It is a privilege to be in a position to give back to a club that has provided me so much.
My professional life sees me working in the field of Service Management, a job which relies heavily upon people skills and relationship management to enact and facilitate organisational and operational change – experience that I feel complements our club’s ambition.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have gotten to know (and build firm friendships with) many of our playing members, having played with all senior teams; Vets, 2XV and 1XV.
My experiences and strong connection with the players I hope will prove useful, particularly when providing a balanced input to decision making.
Whether it be on or off the field, welcoming new players, supporting positive change, fund raising, encouraging new ideas, or developing current ones I am proud to serve as Vice Chairman.
I joined the Pumas when I was 18 and even played in the first ever 2XV fixture.
I have played for both the 1XV and 2XV teams but have hung my boots up for now to concentrate on helping the Club from behind the scenes.
It's great to see the Pumas go from strength to strength over the many seasons I have been involved with the Club and long may it continue for many years to come.
Gary has been Treasurer for 14 years and played in every position for the Club since joining in 2003. Retirement is not a word he mentions but the boots aren’t used much now.
Gary says "The Pumas have been my life for many years and having played well into my fifties I can’t bring myself round to accepting I’m no longer able to play an active role on the field but never say never!
I am immensely proud of the development in the club and the establishment of the Puma Cubs whom I was fortunate enough to coach for a few years We have also begun hosting Walking Rugby which gives me the chance to continue “playing” the game I love.
I would like to think that my stewardship of the Clubs finances has laid the foundations for us to develop further and achieve the goal of having our own home pitches and facilities.
DOR and Fixture Secretary
After a long and varied playing career. Al moved successfully into coaching a number of senior and junior sides including Havant, Feltham and the Pumas.
Recently stepped away from coaching to take up DOR role and now content with helping committee achieve our ambitious plans.
Puma Cubs Chair
Hayley is a parent and volunteer who has been with the Puma Cubs since its very beginnings in 2017. Being the parent of a young boy interested in playing rugby locally she was keen to help get the Mini and Junior arm of the club off the ground.
Originally volunteering as Safeguarding Officer, then in May 2019 also taking on the role of Youth Chair, she has seen the Puma Cubs go from strength to strength with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers behind her.
Hayley says "Seeing the enjoyment of the children playing each Sunday, makes it all worthwhile. We have a great club and we should all be very proud of what we have achieved".
Puma Cubs Secretary
My family and I have been members of the Puma Cubs from its outset. We realised when our son kept picking up the ball that he was destined for rugby over football!
We quickly became volunteers, taking on various roles to ensure the Pumas age grade rugby is delivered every Sunday morning during the season.
More recently my role has developed into taking on the deputy safe guarding role, parent liaison, sponsorship lead for the Puma Cubs and of course running our much valued tuck shop.
The Puma Cubs have a very special place in my and my families lives, and we are excited to be part of the clubs expansion and growth over the coming years. 🐾
Puma Cubs Fixtures Secretary