Plymouth Albion have appointed Reverend Neil Collins as Club Chaplain, taking over a role previously filled by Reverend John Money.
South African born Collins has lived in Plymouth since 1994 and he is an avid sportsman. As well as playing rugby at club level Collins, in his younger days, managed to get down to scratch as a golfer.
Commenting on his appointment Neil said, ‘I feel very privileged and honoured to fulfil this role in supporting our local team. On a practical level I not only know the game and am passionate about it. I also understand something of the commitment and sacrifice it takes in order to achieve success in the field of sport. I therefore have a tremendous respect for the players. I also know what it has cost some of them who have had to relocate, leaving all that is familiar. Rebuilding new relationships and adjusting to new surroundings takes time. I hope that being familiar with this process will help me to be a positive influence when offering support. I am very much looking forward to getting to know them all’.
Plymouth Albion chairman Dr Graham Stirling said, ‘I’m delighted that Neil has agreed to become our Club Chaplain. It is an essential role, particularly at the professional end of the game, and I know he will be warmly welcomed by all at the club’.