After two seasons as Club Director of Rugby, Colin Ridgway has taken the decision to step down from the role.
Everyone on The Club Executive and all the Members and Supporters would like to say a big thank you for all of his tremendous efforts managing and helping to coordinate the transition period at the Club over the past two years, as 1st XV rugby moved from Rectory Field to the new home at Well Hall.
Having to transition the Club, the players and the coaches through this period has taken tremendous commitment, focus and understanding of what moving from the Club’s ancestral home to a new ground in the heart of South East London would mean to everyone involved.
Ridgy began his career at the Club in 1993, playing for five seasons, and making 109 appearances, before joining Harlequins in 1998. After five successful years in the Premiership, he returned to Blackheath in 2003, playing a further 44 matches, helping guide the Club to promotion and captaining the side in the 2014/15 campaign.
His belief in the Club DNA and the ethos of playing rugby with a passion and desire whereby you leave nothing on the pitch was instilled in many of the squad over the last two years and his passion for the Club was unstinting.
His ‘man of the match’ presentations had gained fantastic support and were looked forward to by many, except the man of the match.
But with a young family, and a busy global role at his company in the City, time and life outside of rugby was putting ever more strain on the time he had available.
His appointment of James Shanahan as Head Coach was a timely and wise selection to ensure that his departure will not be to the detriment of the club but in fact a positive.
Everyone would like to thank and wish Ridgy all the best for his future and we all look forward to seeing him back at Well Hall with his family next season.
All the best Ridgy.