Play Your Part, Support Your Own!

On Sunday 15th September, myself and a close group of friends involved in the senior playing squad will be cycling the London to Brighton event to raise money and awareness for the Crohns’ and Colitis UK Charity.

This is a charity that has become very close to us all after seeing our best friend, and former coach and TWRFC Director of Rugby, suffer due to the disease. Over the last 6-8 months this man’s life has been turned upside down. Exacerbations in his condition led to multiple surgeries, two intensive care admissions and more than 55 days in hospital. Seeing the impact this had, not only on his physical and mental health, but on his loved ones was heart breaking! Fortunately, with the support of his family, friends and amazing fiancé he is feeling himself again and back on the road to recovery.

Having witnessed his ordeal, myself, Chaz Spence, Nick Doherty, Adam Webb, Tom Claridge and Bruce Wilson will be participating in the London to Brighton Cycle ride in September. We will be raising money for the ongoing research in Crohn’s and Colitis for the continued and developing care of it’s sufferers. To make the journey that bit more special we will all have the pleasure and privilege to celebrate his wedding day two weeks later.

In the famous words of Jean-Bertand Aristide:

‘If one of us suffers, we all suffer. Togetherness is strength”

With that in mind let us show what a great community club TWRFC is. Let us all get behind this event and show support for the clubs own through such a challenging time. Any donation would greatly be appreciated, however big or small. Please use the just giving link below to show your support.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ldn2btown?fbclid=IwAR2PBNig4cFArp-In60kyh_WYkLABpBg506fWCCi810Gg-3vElQTo7ISNSE&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=LDN2BTOWN&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=b66Egw6pd

Mike Hathaway

Success for three U16s

Paddy Hagger Finn Bradley and Dom Bradley (not related) have all played for Tunbridge Wells and Kent for a number of years with all three getting into Saracens u15’s academy last year.

Now after a gruelling selection process including training 2 days per week at Saracens training ground in St Albans throughout the school holidays and Matches against Harlequins and Bath Academies all three have been selected again for the Saracens’ U16 academy.

This is an amazing achievement! Places in the Saracen’s academy are exceptionally competitive.  Of the 3000 players at U15 across Hertfordshire Essex and Kent, only the top 100 U15 players were selected to trial for Sarries’ for just 35 places. At U16 this was reduced further-still to 25 places.

It’s a great success for the three lads – and reflects on the amazing coaches are and the quality of the children coming through the ranks at Tunbridge Wells.  Hopefully we can look forward to some home grown talent for the first team in years to come… (the boys themselves are probably hoping to play for Saracen’s and who can blame them)