The ‘Meet the Players & Coaches’ event at BPA on Saturday 22nd July was a truly family fun day with something for all age groups to enjoy. The comments from both supporters, players & coaches who attended the event has been extremely positive, with all saying how much they enjoyed the day. Indeed, Rowland Winter (Director of Rugby) sent an E-Mail to the Supporters’ Club saying…….“On behalf of the players & staff, thank you to the Supporters’ Club for facilitating the event. We all enjoyed ourselves, and it was a great opportunity to get to know our fantastic supporters in a relaxed way
Benefiting from generally decent weather overall, the event was attended by upwards of 300+ supporters, including not only the faithful Coventry Rugby supporters, but also parents of some of the players, friends, families and children as well as 40 members of the playing squad.
There was an atmosphere of not only conviviality but also of hard work by the players in bonding with the supporters, finding every opportunity to mingle and to chat. They also gave a lot of time to the on field training routines which included line outs, scrums, tackling, etc. This was clearly particularly appreciated by the many youngsters who attended.
There was much interest shown in the new O’Neills kit which was on display in the bar and many supporters tried the samples, which had been loaned by O’Neills, for size.
The rain held off until early afternoon, when a light shower crossed over BPA, whilst the crowd was queuing for the excellent BBQ, but that didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm for the continuation of the event.
This was followed by a Q&A session held in the Arena bar which was packed for the purpose. It was attended by Rowland Winter, Tony Gulliver, Hannah Walker, Max Hartman, Pete White, Sam Tuitupou & Nial Dacres, being MC’d by Matt Price. The range of questions was very varied and, typically, answered in absolute honesty and openness, and was very much appreciated by the large number of supporters in the bar.
Then it was back outside again and the cross bar challenge took place on the pitch, which in turn was followed by the draw for the raffle. Many of the players drew numbers and the first prize was a voucher worth £50 for on-line spend donated by O’Neills, the club’s new kit sponsor.
The rain very thoughtfully held off until the event was over and the clearing up had been completed, and then the Heavens opened.
The money raised will be earmarked for the Supporters’ Club contribution to the refurbishment, re-modelling and upgrade of the Medical Room, and the Strength and Conditioning facilities.
Whilst the event took a considerable amount of organising, both in the months leading up to the date and on the day, it was clearly much appreciated by all who attended, to the extent that it is intended to make this an annual event. The Supporters’ Club would like to express sincere thanks all those who helped, in whatever way, to make it so enjoyable and successful.