As every member and supporter can appreciate it takes a lot of work from players, coaches and supporter staff to make a 1st XV match day happen and it was especially pleasing to receive this email following the match against Blaydon on 8th October:
Yesterday, not being local, my husband and I attended our first game at Well Hall along with my son and daughter-in-law (who live in south London). My husband, who is approaching 70 but thinks he is 21(!) recently ruptured his Achilles’ and currently cannot put any weight at all on his plastered leg.
I just want to record how helpful the car park attendants were. They directed us to an area where we could ‘unload’ my husband so he had a minimum amount of walking on his crutches before reaching the stand and on an even surface. Nothing was too much trouble and the support that was offered came with a smile.
We have been watching rugby from international level right down to grass roots for over 40 years but what a joy it was to be at Blackheath yesterday. We have been to Rectory Field previously but really enjoyed the atmosphere at the ‘new’ ground yesterday . . . and, of course, the result!
Please do not let this email pass through your system without thanking the car park staff who did a great job.
These thanks, and mine in particular, go to group who organise the car park and manage the gate / ticket hut. One of our newest volunteers, Brian Nottle, has taken on the mantle of organising the car park not only on 1st XV match days but he’s also here on Sunday’s when the car park is even busier with the hundreds of Minis and Juniors here for their own training and matches.
We must especially thank the lads from our Academy who, are young men who come every match to provide support to myself and others and in doing so they are learning how to manage different situations and work with different people. Whilst a number of them take turns there is a core group – Mark Fallows, Jordan Guy, Ryan McSweeney and Josh Benson – who are the backbone of the support group and they are all a credit to the Academy. Jordan and Mark were the ones on car park duty referred to by the lady in the email above.