Richard Munson to depart in 2019

Richard Munson to depart in 2019 widnesvikings.co.uk
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14th December 2018

Richard Munson, Widnes Vikings Commercial and Community Director, will leave the club at the end of January it has been confirmed today.

Having joined the club as Community Director in early 2015, Richard has played a pivotal role in establishing the club’s community programme as a model of best practice in community sport. Operating over thirty projects each year, tackling key agendas such as obesity, education, mental health and dementia, the Vikings work in community engagement was recognised through being named ‘Foundation of the Year’ in 2016 by the Rugby Football League, with other community projects been recognised since by the ‘Third Sector Care Awards’ and ‘FABNHS’. Having taken on the Commercial remit at the club in June 2017, Richard worked closely with Commercial Manager Dave Rolt to deliver the club’s best performing commercial year to date which saw new partnerships formed with major companies including Investec Wealth and Investment and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, as well as a ‘Best Sponsorship’ award at ‘Leaders in Sport’.

Commenting on his decision, Richard said, “After careful consideration, I believe now is the right time to step away from my role at Widnes Vikings to focus on new opportunities. It has been an absolute privilege to have worked at the club for the last four years.

“A lot is said about the Viking’s emphasis on community development work and I take great pride in how It has become a genuine x-factor of the club. It is a privilege seeing on a daily basis how the community team are changing lives through sport. I would like to thank all partners who have backed our vision, in particular Riverside College, Improving ME Vanguard, Halton CCG, and Community Integrated Care, who have all invested significantly in our work. Every project has its own story to tell which showcases the club’s commitment to local people, particularly those in need of a little extra support. Whether that be over three hundred people obtaining qualifications in sport and employability through the Vikings Learning Centre, the thousands of children engaged through ‘Game Changer’ each year, or the 450 men who have received mental resilience support through ‘Offload’, I’ll leave knowing plans are in place for these projects to be sustained for the long term.

“None of the work in the community could have been achieved without having such a committed, hardworking, passionate community team. Thank you to each of them, in particular Liam Clark, who has since day one of my time at the club been a key driver of our growth. I know under his leadership going forward the club’s community work will continue to prosper.

“Commercially, the last 18 months could have been a real challenge. I have not met a man more passionate about the club than Dave Rolt whose enthusiasm and love of the club is infectious, and it has been a pleasure working with him. I’d like to thank all the club’s commercial partners for their backing, especially over the last two months where it has been genuinely inspiring seeing their commitment in supporting the club back to Super League in 2020.”

James Rule commented “It’s been a pleasure working alongside Richard and witnessing the transformational impact he has had on the community and commercial operations of the organisation. His legacy, particularly with regard to community engagement, is a plethora of programmes that have positively impacted a huge cross section of our local community.

“The success and independent validation of those programmes has enabled the Club to attract substantial public and private investment during Richards tenure which has been an integral component in the continued sustainability of Widnes Vikings.

“I wish Richard the very best of luck in his future endeavours and I’m sure that he will have the same positive impact on whichever organisation he joins next.”

Richard Munson to depart in 2019 widnesvikings.co.uk