Falkirk Rugby Club president Alex McQuade has announced he will leave his post after 15 years.
Matt Dodd, one of the club’s senior youth coaches will stand to replace the 64-year-old at the club AGM in the spring.
The announcement was made after Falkirk defeated Dunfermline on Saturday at the club’s CALA Park ground, an area McQuade was key in regenerating.
“I think it is a good time to go, and for the club to get some fresh impetus,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “Since I have been president we have moved through the leagues and grown and are now at a stage where I feel I can leave.
“We have a growing youth Academy and are even in a position to field a third team next year with some excellent youths coming through to the senior level.”
Mr McQuade will also cease to represent Falkirk RFC at SRU meetings in Murrayfield but will remain on the board of the Falkirk Community Trust, while focusing on his business, Portal Holdings.
“Being the president of a club like Falkirk has been a full-time job, and required seven-days-a-week attention that is not great when you run a business and now I can turn more attention to that.
“I will of course still be supporter and have many contacts and friends throughout Scottish rugby who I will keep in touch with, and will be available to the committee and next president, on things like upcoming capital projects.”
The club has had a rapid rise under McQuade’s stewardship and moved to the new floodlit CALA Park ground adjacent to the club house last season. A gym is also in the pipeline for expansion of the club to accomodate its’ members.
“When I took over Falkirk were in the seventh national division - approximately 170th in Scotland – recently we’ve risen to the top 20 and are currently, on the present league structure in the top 25.
“I get emails each Monday from all over the world from people associated with the club and that shows how far we’ve come. I thank them for their interest and everyone involved over the past 15 years.”
Sunnysider Matt Morrell also announced his departure.