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Will Warden and players bike ride to Paris in aid of the Seb AO Fund

The RFC AGM took place this week and I am delighted to advise that John Heaton was unanimously re-elected as President and Laura Jenkins (LJ) and Jim Kottler were similarly unanimously re-elected as Club Directors of RFCL.
It is a good opportunity to thank all three of them for the hard work they put into their roles which goes above and beyond and makes a massive contribution to club life – we are very fortunate to have such talent within our ranks!

Two Vice Presidents were unanimously elected and our congratulations go to both:
Ian Grundy
Ian has played prop at Richmond since he joined the Under 19 in 1984. He has played in the First XV and still turns out regularly for the Heavies although he says he has now retired – we shall see!
His son joined the U6 minis in 2005 and Ian has been head coach of the age group ever since seeing them finish in the youth as U18 at the end of last season.
Whether playing or coaching, Ian epitomises the core values of rugby and commands huge respect and affection and it is no accident that his age group has been one of the most vibrant in the club and as a result will I have no doubt successfully achieve the transition into the senior men’s teams

Laura Kapo
Kapo’ joined the Richmond Women’s section as an Under 18 player in 2002 moving swiftly through the teams to become a regular First XV player, and an integral part of the team which in 2015/16 won both the Women’s Premiership and the Women’s Senior Cup competitions
In 2012/13 she was elected Women’s Fixture Secretary and has been the Women’s Chair since 2015/16
She is a positive, good humoured, inspirational leader with a massive amount of grit and determination and is a hugely popular member of the club

The evening finished with the inaugural award of the Tony Gadsby Peet Memorial Bowl which was made to current Chairman, Peter Moore
Peter played for the club when younger, and although he then moved to Dorking Rugby Club due to geographical reasons, he returned to Richmond at the start of the professional era tasked with the unenviable job of bringing some sort of order to the rather fluid management structure that was in place at that time.
Following the day in March 1999 when the professional club went into administration he became one of the Four White Knights that put their own money into the rescue company that was immediately formed and saved the club in the way that has been well documented. During that process his skill and ability to think through any situation, and indeed to out think any potential danger, was an invaluable asset to the club and there is no doubt that we came out of administration in as strong a position as we did very much due to that ability.
His attention to detail is well known (although perhaps not always fully appreciated!) and his total commitment is evident in everything he does. His manner is calm and measured and he is a wise head and friend to both young players and senior management alike.
He may not have wished to take on the Chairmanship of Richmond Football Club Ltd following the death of David Corben, but there is no doubt that his leadership has been an integral part in the success of the continued journey of the club from Level 9 to the Championship club that it is today and Richmond is hugely indebted to him.
TGP would have thoroughly approved.

Will Warden and players bike ride to Paris in aid of the Seb AO Fund
Before I take a small summer break I would just like to remind you of the email that I sent out yesterday about the bike ride that Captain Will Warden and several of the players are undertaking to Paris on 6th July in aid of the Seb AO charitable fund which was set up after Seb’s tragic death last May 2016.
Click here to visit their Just Giving page to find out more details of the trust and the ride – and please do donate generously to this extremely worthy cause and in memory of the super lad who had made himself a much loved and integral part of the Richmond family.