Alan Neuff dies but business lives on
ALAN NEUFF, coach, official and owner of Neuff Athletic Equipment, died at the end of last month from cancer.
Born in 1937, his love of athletics began at an early age as a successful youth sprinter. Through his chosen career as a teacher he soon found his way into coaching and guided athletes in almost all disciplines and in particular pole vault.
In 1966 he designed his own vaulting poles, which were the first flexible fibreglass poles made in Britain, replacing earlier inflexible metal poles. This led to the formation of Neuff Athletic Equipment, initially as a hobby business which he expanded when he retired from teaching in 1995.
Neuff was supportive of grassroots athletics and in particular disability sports. He was actively involved in the annual games at
Stoke Mandeville and this year received a lifetime achievement award from the Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards.
He was able to use his business to develop disability sporting equipment such as throwing clubs and, when officiating at disability games or regional able-bodied events, he would often take athletes aside after an event to offer them coaching tips.
He is survived by his wife Caroline, children Ralph and Sara and five grandchildren with the family keen to continue Neuff Athletic Equipment with the business relocating to Devon.
The funeral will be held on November 14 at East Riding Crematorium, Driffield. All are welcome to attend, with more details via AlanNeuff2018@gmail.com
Alan Neuff: funeral is next week but his business is set to live on