Rugby St Andrews’ rugby shirts to be used by charity in Rwanda

Rugby St Andrews, Ashlawn Road.''Pictured: Matthew Souster, Ian Souster, Mark Pawsey (MP) & Jack Souster.

Rugby St Andrews, Ashlawn Road.''Pictured: Matthew Souster, Ian Souster, Mark Pawsey (MP) & Jack Souster.

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Club present set of kit to MP Mark Pawsey for Project Umubano

Rugby St Andrews enjoyed a very special Vice Presidents day on Saturday. The day was in memory of John Tomalin who served the club so well over so many years. The club welcomed over 50 vice presidents and ex players to a buffet lunch where many memories were recalled and absent friends were remembered. It was a day to remember for a number of reasons.

Before lunch Danny Tolfts, a past president of Warwickshire RFU, welcomed our special guest Matt Hampson as a player who would have played for the full England XV had he not sustained a serious spinal injury in 2011 whilst training with the England under 21s. This left him paralysed from the neck down. Seeing positives and not negatives he offers hope and inspiration to young people with similer injuries through the Matt Hampson Foundation. Matt enjoyed the afternoon at the club and posed for photos with his inspiring smile as Andy Smith presented a cheque for £3000 which has been raised in under nine months. The club will continue to support the charity as an ongoing project.

The club was pleased to welcome our local MP Mark Pawsey who received a set of rugby shirts, on behalf of Project Umubano, a charity in Rwanda designed to help bridge the huge wealth gap between the world’s richest and poorest nations.

The shirts were presented by two junior members, Matthew Souster (Under 7s) and Jack Souster (under 10s). We were pleased to share the day with representatives of the minis and juniors who play such a vital role in the present and future of the club. Mark stayed on to enjoy the 1st XV complete their seventh win in a row.

Rugby St Andrews also welcomed their new sponsors Uponor through whom they have been able to kit out their senior players in a very striking new kit. The club appreciate the support that Uponor has given and look forward to a partnership which will benefit the club, the sponsor and the community and hope Martin Allen, the training manager, enjoyed his afternoon at Ashlawn Road.