Lewsey to take up new role at Cornish Pirates
WITH just over two weeks to go until the start of the new Championship season the Cornish Pirates have announced that Acting CEO & Performance Director Josh Lewsey will take up a new role within the club from October.
Lewsey was appointed to his current post in March and has steered the club through a massive six-month period of change on and off the field. He will now move to a position as Advisor to the Board with Rebecca Daniell being promoted to Acting CEO until the New Year.
Chairman of the Cornish Pirates Board Dicky Evans formally thanked Lewsey for his work in a club statement and looking ahead to the start of 2014 said: "At that time we will have a much clearer idea of the impact on finances of the change to Friday night floodlit rugby, the new marketing initiatives and the impact of Josh's input on the team performances. We will then regroup again to look at the 2014-2015 horizons."
Speaking at the Pirates' Roadshow at Redruth RFC on Tuesday, Lewsey explained: "My tenure was six months as I have almost done that. There won't be massive changes at the club because of my change of role and we have made massive strides and changes in that time.
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"My commitment to the club and rugby in Cornwall is for the longer term and I was delighted to be asked to continue that."
The former British Lion and England World Cup winner admitted that he and his team "could not have tried any harder" to improve the image of the Cornish Pirates and build strong links with the rest of Cornwall.
He continued: "This is a long term strategy and it has been fantastic working with the clubs in Cornwall for the benefit of Cornish rugby. Friday's game against a Cornwall Clubs side is symbolic of this."
Lewsey was keen to stress that this does not mean the end of his involvement with the Pirates and said: "I have now got commitments to Cornwall for the longer term and to see the right things done here.
"The only people who will determine whether or not Cornwall has a place at the top table of sport are the Cornish people and they are also the only people who can stop that happening."
Looking ahead to the new league season he commented: "I think the squad are in the best shape they have been in for a while. They have a far more focused approach in terms of their individual player development and, while the team is unlikely to win the Championship this season, the plan is to build progressively over a period of time.
"This area deserves to have a seat at the top table and as Cornwall's only professional entity it is our duty to take that lead but we need people to follow and to come and support us as well."