In early 2016 I was lucky enough to be given a space on the Rugby For Heroes Transition Through Rugby Course. Having been a lifelong rugby player, after old age and injury caught up with me coaching seemed to be the natural next step. The course was incredibly enjoyable and taught me how to be a coach. The support from Rugby For Heroes was great it enabled me to make the most of the opportunity and really develop my skills as a coach. Once I returned home I was keen to make use of my qualification and started to explore opportunities to coach and learn more. I was fortunate to strike lucky early on and started coaching for London Irish. It just so happened that in this instance Rugby For Heroes again helped me out. One of the most powerful things for me about rugby is the community and network. It’s very similar to the Military but does take a little bit of getting used to. The head of community rugby at London Irish knew of the charity and also knew a couple of those involved, these shared contacts and relationships helped me get my foot in the door.
Fast forward to 16 Jul 2016 and I spent the day at the Stood taking part in the Harlequins Community Department induction day. For me, the opportunity I have been given and been able to develop from the seeds that Rugby for Heroes sowed back in February have been amazing. It has given me a whole new avenue outside the Military and really is delivering the transition aspect of the charities aims. Prior to starting with Harlequins I have also been involved more with the charity and took part in a coaching and playing tour to Germany. For me this was really important. It was a group of likeminded individuals coming together and doing what we love and passing on our newly found skills to the wider community. Getting to play a game of rugby again was a real bonus. What really struck me in the sense of belonging and camaraderie – in this regard Rugby for Heroes and the transition course are absolutely outstanding. This is one of those occasions where you absolutely get out what you put in.
For me the charity is an amazing organisation which is providing really valuable opportunities. It has taken some work on my part but none of this would have been possible without Rugby For Heroes. While I will coach now for Harlequins, the sense of belonging and friendship that the charity offers will always bring me back and make me want to help and be part of it in to the future.
We are proud to announce that #rugbyaid has raised a staggering £150,000 !!!
We cannot thank everyone enough for all of the support we have had ! It really is amazing !! #rugbyforheroes #wesaluteyou
To commemorate our service men and women and to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Great War on the eve of Armistice day.
We’d like to offer you the chance to join Mike Tindall and other sporting stars for an exclusive charity evening at the prestigious Ivy restaurant in London –
hosted by Sean Holley, previous Director of Rugby for the Ospreys
The evening will begin with a champagne reception and will include a 3 course dinner with complimentary wines. Each table of 10 will have a celebrity host and will be invited to take part in the unique charity auction and Q&A session with sporting stars.
Click the image to see the full poster for the event.
Inside360 is hosting an ‘old school’ pros against celebs boxing match at St Albans Polo Club to help raise money for Rugby for Heroes and The Irish Guards. Both charities help get ex-service men and women, and their families, back into civilian life after returning from conflicts.
So far, Inside360 has announced the boxers will be former Commonwealth champion Chris Okoh, Paul ‘Silky’ Jones – the first British-born light middleweight world champion – former British and Commonwealth super bantamweight Mike Alldis and Steve Collins Jnr, whose dad was a two-weight world champion and will be in one of the corners. Ben ‘Duracel’ Jones will be in the other.
Across from them will be former All Black Craig Newby, former Scarlets hooker Craig Hawkins and London Welsh full-back Paul Sampson, plus one other to be confirmed.
The whole evening will be under a marquee with DJ Spoony on the decks and London Cheerleaders as the ring girls.
Niki Hobbs, the director of Inside360, said: “It has proved a great concept mixing the rugby players and boxers, bringing the two sporting worlds together, and although we must stress this is a charity event and the basis is on fun, I’m also sure they will all put up some great entertainment in the ring.”
For ticket sales and details, visit www.mshobbs.co.uk. To receive information in the run-up to the event, follow @FightFarm or @busygirlalways on Twitter
Inside360 is giving local businesses the chance to get involved with the night. Catering and bar opportunities are available and exhibitors and sponsors are also encouraged from an array of businesses to get involved with the event. For prices for stands and packages, contact George Gros on 07970 804019 or James Crawley on 07825228699.
Update – pictures added of the event, see the news for the next one 🙂