Alan Neuff dies but busi­ness lives on

Athletics Weekly - - News -

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

Alan Neuff: fu­neral is next week but his busi­ness is set to live on

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