Junior rugby club pays tribute to dedicated coach

Campbeltown Junior Rugby Club coach Chris Doxsey, back left, has paid tribute to founder John Forster, back right, who died last month. The coaches and players are seen here at the Mid Argyll Dalriada in November 2019.
Campbeltown Junior Rugby Club coach Chris Doxsey, back left, has paid tribute to founder John Forster, back right, who died last month. The coaches and players are seen here at the Mid Argyll Dalriada in November 2019.

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‘His dedication and commitment to the club was extraordinary, and his boots will be hard to fill’

Campbeltown Junior Rugby Club has paid tribute to its founder, John Forster, who passed away last month.

John, who died peacefully at his home in Southend on March 20, aged 71, will be missed by many in Kintyre, not least by those at the junior rugby club, which gives primary aged children the opportunity to develop the skills required to play rugby in a fun and safe environment.

Club coach and secretary Chris Doxsey told the Courier: ‘In losing John, we have lost an excellent coach, a great friend and true gentleman.

‘John was the type of person who would go above and beyond for anyone and gave his heart and soul to the rugby club here in Campbeltown.

‘He had the patience of a saint, especially with the younger children and he brought great enthusiasm during training and match days. He worked extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the organisation and was always striving to raise extra funds to provide the youngsters with the very best.

‘What you saw is what you got with John, and I’m sure everyone who knew him would agree with that.

‘John was a proper family man, who cared greatly for his loved ones and would always share stories about his grandchildren.

‘He was very supportive within the community, with all sporting activities, and encouraged the positive impact of sport for young people.

‘His passion was rugby and he made a real effort to talk to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

‘John will be greatly missed by all the children, coaches and supporters of the club, and also within our community. We hope we can continue to make him proud and work towards fulfilling his vision for the club.

‘His dedication and commitment to the club was extraordinary, and his boots will be hard to fill. Rest easy, John.’