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.
The former Great Britain legend and ex-South Africa international will play in Rugby Aid XV’s match against an Army Masters side, opposite Sixways, on Saturday, March 12 (11.45am).
The special event, which takes place the same day as Warriors’ crunch home clash with Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, has been put on to raise funds for Rugby for Heroes and will see celebrities such as actor Julian Lewis Jones and sprinter Jamie Baulch take part.
Samoa’s Terry Fanolua and brothers Robbie and Henry Paul are also set to feature, while Warriors’ record appearance-maker Craig Gillies will be dusting off his boots to make a return to action.
Entry to the game costs £5 per person on the gate on matchday, with all funds going to Rugby for Heroes. There will also be refreshments available at the game.
To support the charity, people are being encouraged to text RUGBY AID to 70700 to donate £5.
For more details, visit www.warriors.co.uk
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 🙂
This hotly awaited event is now on and all the fighters have been confirmed and are in full training for this event. As well as the fighters giving their all, we are lucky to have the world famous DJ Spoony providing the music for the event so it will be thumping in more ways than one!
The event will be held at the Polo Club in St Albans starting at 6:30pm where there is plenty of parking also good transport options.
All done in the name of charity so we hope you can come along for what will be a pretty spectacular evening – you can contact Niki on 07787 438218 for further details.
Hadrians Wall – 16th August 2014
Amelia Sargeant is 16 from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is preparing to walk Hadrians Wall this Summer on the 16th August 2014.
The wall is 84 miles long, and to keep her company her mum and younger brother, who is 15 will be doing it with her. She would welcome anyone who is visiting the Wall at that time to come along and give her some encouragement 🙂
She supports her local rugby team Scarborough up at the Silver Royd Rugby Club and also work there which is handy for watching a game or 2! She is supporting Rugby for Heroes because …
“the work they do is outstanding, they give our brave and injured soldiers so much support and the more money raised for them means the more support they can give to soldiers”
We would just like to say a big thank you for organising this event and whish you all the success in your fundraising.
To help Amelia reach her total, you could help by paying her just Giving page a visit, we know some people who would very much appreciate your contributions! www.justgiving.com/Amelia-Sargeant
We are proud to announce we will funding this new project by funding the first 18 delegates who have been chosen to pilot the scheme
The aim of the pilot is to enhance evidence based interventions, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy to the service population at risk within the three areas covered by the DsCMH in the South Region. The focus will be on individuals with conditions most suitable for treatment with CBT interventions (Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, Phobias, etc,) and those who may become early service leavers due to their mental health problems, particularly is service or operationally related.
Funds will be allocated through appropriate service accounts to the three DsCMH at Aldershot, Portsmouth and Brize Norton. Funds will be managed and allocated by the DCMH Managers or delegated individuals.
Major Gerwyn Michael
Aldershot centre for health
Supported By Tresor Paris
RUGBY FOR HEROES the charity founded by ENGLAND Rugby International & Gloucester player/coach MIKE TINDALL MBE has launched its latest fundraising calendar for 2014 to help support military servicemen and women.
Focusing on the hand of support and camaraderie, the 2014 calendar reflects the simple but powerful gesture of a handshake and the bond of support between a rugby player and a military person, united through the sport of rugby.
The 2014 calendar features action shots of the game in play from Premiership clubs Bath (January), Exeter (February), Gloucester (March), Harlequins (April), Leicester (May), London Irish (June), Worcester (July), Newcastle (August), Northampton (September), Sale (October), Saracens (November) and Wasps (December).
Priced at £9.99 (including P&P) is available through the Rugby For Heroes website at www.rugbyforheroes.org,uk
RUGBY FOR HEROES was formed by a group of professional rugby players who wanted to show their support and patriotism for our military servicemen and women and to recognize the enormous debt of gratitude we all owe those who serve Queen and Country. The rugby community offers a home and a purpose to our returning heroes. Through rugby teams, coaching and the wider rugby community, Rugby For Heroes is a dependable crutch in a time of transition and a helping hand back into daily life. The distinctive character, spirit and core values of the military and rugby are a perfect fit together creating a sense of belonging and purpose.
One of the main supporters of the Rugby For Heroes 2014 charity calendar is the celebrity diamond and crystal jewellery brand designer TRESOR PARIS. Recognised by the jewellery industry with several prestigious awards for its iconic collections, Tresor Paris is the jewellery designer of choice for celebrities worldwide including Hollywood actors Antonio Banderas, Daryl Hannah, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Watson and Grammy award winning pop star Ne Yo, and pop sensations JLS.
The Hand Of Friendship 2014 calendar is ON SALE NOW priced at £9.99 including P&P and available through the Rugby For Heroes website at www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to help military servicemen and women make the transition from military to civilian life.
Commenting on the launch of the new calendar, Rugby For Heroes Head Of Fundraising Alan Lamb, said; “This year we wanted the calendar to focus and reflect more about the grassroots and the spirit of rugby. The hand of friendship is a simple yet powerful and effective image, a universal gesture the world over. The handshake of a rugby player and a military person represents friendship, sportsmanship, help and support for each other.”
He added; “Through the sport of rugby and the local rugby communities, we are helping to support our military service men and women who make the sometimes difficult transition to civilian life after serving in the military. The money raised from each calendar sale will help make a real difference.”
Retired international and premiership players met up in Aldershot on Sunday 29 September 2013 to take on one of the Army’s top Corps teams ‘the Royal Engineers’ in support of the Rugby for Heroes charity and to embrace the core values of rugby. Team manager and founder of Rugby for Heroes, Alan Lamb, along with head coach John Voss, assembled some of the top players from both the civilian and military sectors to take up the challenge. Recruiting players from the Army, Navy and Air Force supported by rugby greats Thinus Delport, Henry Paul, Ollie Smith, Junior Paramore, Chris Forty, Rob Fiddler, Nicky Little, Duncan Bell and Speedy and couple this with the strong management team of Army head coaches in Axel Rees for XVs and Alfred Vanua in 7s along with Daz Percy for kit and Jo Magill as the Physio, this was going to be a festival of rugby to be remembered.
As expected, the weather was great and the conditions set, rugby was the only thing left to do the talking and the spectators didn’t need to wait for long. From the kick off both teams applied immense pressure to gain possession by bone shattering tackles that could be felt in the stands and welcomed by the spectators. After the normal handling errors from a newly formed team, R4H skipper Thinus Delport broke through the Sappers defence to score in the left corner, demonstrating his change of pace even after international retirement. Energised, R4H won the restart and shipped the ball to Thinus who found the try line again, showing the same pace for the second time. Two tries down, the Sappers regrouped to solidify defence on the wings and scored two unanswered tries to equal the score in the first quarter. Calm leadership on the pitch by Duncan Bell and Rob Fiddler saw the defence in the middle of the pitch remain strong with the wings covered by Chris Forty and Nicky Little neutralising further attacks and set up a platform for the R4H team to run in four unanswered tries giving them a lead at the break 34 – 10.
Refreshments and energy drinks consumed, R4H team were out on the park stretching off ready for the second half which started by the Sappers scoring a fine try within the first minute catching the midfield sleeping, breaking the defence and scoring in the right corner. The restart was a different affair seeing R4H team continuing where they left off in the first half by an exceptional set piece play and destroying the defence of the Sappers by exploiting gaps and pouring players through the space to see them cause havoc with running lines that would cause confusion to any team. This resulted in R4H scoring seven tries in the second half that put the game out of contention to the Sappers. However, they never gave up and scored two fine tries in the later stages of the game to see the final score 79 – 29 with R4H claiming the cup. Two players should be mentioned for their ability to score tries; Thinus Delport scoring four tries but also Tuvita Tamatawale scoring 5 tries, both achieving this by some sensational running and ball handling skills.
Finally, we would like to say thank you to the Royal Engineers Rugby Team for playing this fixture against R4H team and I hope all those present enjoyed the rugby played and the skills from both teams on show, we look forward to seeing you for our next game.
Tresor Paris have launched their Jewellery Collection and will be showing off their new items at the launch of the 2014 R4H Calendar this coming October.