Havant join forces with Alan Mak to build on cup spark

Alan Mak is made vice president at Havant
Alan Mak is made vice president at Havant
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Havant have appointed Alan Mak as their new vice-president as the London on south club continues to strengthen on and off the field.

Mak accepted the honorary position at the club’s Hooks Lane headquarters on Saturday.

I look forward to seeing rising crowds at Havant’s home matches and Nigel may even persuade me to make a few cameo appearances for the casual rugby team when time allows!

Alan Mak

The Havant MP was presented with a club shirt by president Nigel Campkin and chairman John Magnall before the home clash with Charlton Park.

Mak said: ‘Supporting local sports clubs and community organisations is a top priority for me as local MP.

‘Havant Rugby Club are a real community club and I’m proud to be their new vice-president.

‘I’m committed to supporting their growth and success in the future.’

Mark has long been a fan of the sport.

He was bowled over by the interest the World Cup has sparked in the region.

And he is hopeful that will translate into bigger crowds at Hooks Lane.

He added: ‘I am a long-standing rugby fan and the Rugby World Cup has boosted interest in the game locally.

‘I look forward to seeing rising crowds at Havant’s home matches and Nigel may even persuade me to make a few cameo appearances for the casual rugby team when time allows!’

Campkin has been delighted with the backing Mak has given the club.

He said: ‘Alan has been a strong supporter of the club and we’re delighted he’s now a vice-president and season-ticket holder.

‘Alan’s passion for the community means we can rely on him as one of our biggest fans.

‘Havant RFC is successful on and off the field and we’re delighted our local MP is backing us 100 per cent as rugby’s popularity grows.’

Following the Rugby World Cup, Havant have appointed a new community outreach officer – Nigel Phillips.

His role will be to work with schools in the area to keep children interested in the sport now the scrap for the Webb-Ellis Trophy is over.

The club have also submitted a planning application to Havant Borough Council in a bid to expand the clubhouse and build a new events space.

A new nursery business has also been prosposed, which will boost the club’s coffers.