YORK RI RUFC are on the look out for an 'experienced coach' who can take the club forward, according to secretary Sean Heslop.

Dan Coates, who had been in charge of the team for the last five years, stepped down at the beginning of the month due to work commitments.

His side had finished seventh out of 11 in this season's Yorkshire Four.

"We are looking for a strong and influential character, able to motivate players, and work closely with our club captain, team managers and club committee," said Heslop. "We have great morale across the club and a desire to improve. We now need an experienced coach to take us forward.”

The new coach will need to take responsibility for the club's senior sides but also work with existing personnel to improve the structure and delivery of coaching across the whole club to ensure player development and progression.

The club's 2nd XV play in the Central Merit Table and the Ladies XV has just won promotion after winning the North 2 East division. The club also wants to focus on boys and girls rugby from aged U12 upwards.

Anyone interested can get full details by contacting seanheslop@virginmedia.com

Meanwhile, the club, formerly known as York Railway Institute, held its first AGM having received confirmation from the RFU of the acceptance of the club’s new name. Membership has increased by 50 per cent in the adults and even more in the juniors.

The club has also announced plans to host the RFU North Yorkshire leg of the National 24/7s event on Saturday June 24.

The event will feature eight men’s teams and six ladies team with the action starting at 11am.

The day will start with a 'breakfast event' at the club to watch the Lions' Test match against New Zealand.

The club is also staging a Sportsman's Dinner on Sunday July 16 at the Park Inn Hotel.