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Fraser Dear - Chairperson
I firmly believe in diversity, equality and the power of Rugby. Coming from a non-Rugby background (I was into music - doh) my Rugby interest started with the Caledonian Thebans in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. After some time away from rugby, I returned to Reading and joined the Reading Renegades nearly two years ago! With more greys appearing every day, I have been dubbed #DaddyChair and I can’t be prouder! I am passionate about delivering the best possible environment for engagement, growth and fun within our community through our RFU and IGR families.
From : “Made in Scotland Fae Girders” Glasgow
Favourite Thing: Ask anyone - it's a Diet Coke and a Kit Kat!
Sam Clarkson - Head of Rugby
Having Played, Coached, Refereed and Volunteered in as many ways as possible within rugby since the age of 15, I think it’s fair to say I maybe a little too obsessed with the Game! I am extremely proud to be taking on this role with a club and community that screams the values of our incredible game right to its very core. I will always strive to ensure that I can support the development of people on and off the pitch as there is so much more to Rugby than just playing, and I am extremely excited to be a part of and see not only what the Reading Renegades can achieve but also the impact that the IGR can have on our community and sport around the world!
Nickname: ‘Wiggles’ if I’m not wiggling I’m probably playing rugby
Fun Fact: I am a domestic goddess anywhere other than home
As a member of the Reading Renegades Committee for the past 18 months, I believe that I have played a pivotal role in ensuring that our team has remained true to the core values of the IGR and Inclusive Sport. I am incredibly excited for what the new season will hold and I hope that I can continue all of the hard work begun from last year’s committee.
Inclusion and championing diversity is a central focus in everything that I do, especially being SENDCO of a local primary school, and I will be sure to take on this role with an open mind and the team’s best interest at heart. I am organised, efficient and above all passionate to challenge our team’s ethos and practice to take us from an Inclusive Rugby Team to trailblazers in Inclusive sport within our community.
Favorite Position: Hooker in the week but Flanker at the weekends.
I’m Chris and I’m the Membership and Engagement officer at the Reading Renegades. I also go by the aliases ‘lil Chris’ or ‘Niffler’. Part of what I do is look at how people are engaging with us. With that, I essentially look after the people of the Club - from players to supporters, old and new. Anyone is able to use me as a bridge in and around the club. It’s a role I take great pride in and one I’m able to use my background in care, education and psychology in. I completed my Psychology degree at Aberystwyth University (shwmae!) and look at completing a Masters then Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I enjoy dad jokes, the outdoors, and I’ve had to accept the fact that I am ungracefully clumsy. I know British Sign Language, so even in silence you can’t keep me quiet. I’m all about giving a voice to the players.
Favourite position: Hooker on a good day. Occasional pocket rocket.
I joined the Renegades a year ago and after my first training session have never looked back. Having recently moved back to Reading and subsequently not knowing many people in the area, I went on the hunt for something that could both increase my fitness and make a great group of friends. Not having played rugby for the best part of 20 years, I was understandably nervous. The Renegades however were the perfect solution and I now have a fantastic friendship group, play in competitive matches and I can walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I tend to be glued to my phone and such decided to go for the role of Web & Social Engagement; to spread the love of the Renegades and share the passion we have with rugby.
Fun Fact: I once appeared on Blind Date (and got picked).
I joined the Renegades about a year ago after having been convinced to do so by the Bristol Bisons. I met them at Bristol Pride, and they were so welcoming and inclusive that I knew I had to join my local team. So, the following Thursday I rocked up at my first Renegades training session and I haven't looked back since!
I want to ensure that everyone who wants to can be a part of the Renegades. In my day-job I'm an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager in the NHS and I look forward to bringing those skills to the Inclusion and Accessibility Officer role.
Fun Fact: I once came in the Top 8 in the Pokemon National Championships
Gordon Muir - Events Coordinator