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Thank You to Jon Rye

As you may be aware Jon Rye has taken the decision to stand down as Chairman of Holcombe
Hockey Club and Holcombeians Sport Club, drawing to a close 15 years of dedicated service to both
committees - on behalf of the club and all its members I would like to thank Jon for his fantastic
contribution during this time.

As someone who has spent a fair bit of time with him in recent years it is quite astonishing the
amount of volunteering hours, he has invested in carrying out his duties and the long handover
documentation is a testament to this!

When we return to a degree of normality, we can say thank you to Jon properly and in person, until
then I wanted to share a couple of thoughts.

If I said patient, open, genuine, positive, good listener, non-judgemental (a good memory for names
- which is a weak spot for me) - as a character profile I think you would say ‘yes that’s Jon’, and
based on the emails I have received from across many sports organisations queuing up to pass on
their thanks, they think so too.

Just over a year ago the club went through the process of hosting a European hockey tournament, a
hugely challenging event to host, but one for which the sun shone, the crowds came and we created
fantastic memories. The legacy of course is that we took ourselves up a notch in demonstrating to
the hockey world we can put on a show. Jon was front and centre of that event and he leaves with
this legacy.

He now wishes to retreat to the background a little, spend some quality time with Sarah, Ben and
Beth and just play hockey. I look forward to seeing him around the club, enjoying a well-earned rest
and sharing a beer. I have no doubt given his passion for the club the support and advice will
continue to be available.

Good luck and see you in the club as a player next season and once again from all of us a massive
thank you.


Brian Field
Chair - Men's Hockey

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