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Horsham Rugby Club gets 3 more years of support from sponsor

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Horsham Rugby Club has announced the renewal of its main sponsor for a further three years.

Sussex-based home builder Thakeham will display its distinctive black and white lion branding on new rugby shirts to be worn by the 1st XV, 2nd XV and every mini age group from under seven up to under 12.

Thakeham, with its head office in Billingshurst, has already been a sponsor at the club for a number of years. The construction group is one of the South East’s fastest growing developers.

Last year, Thakeham was acknowledged with a place in the ‘The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100’ list. This prestigious league table ranks Britain’s 100 fastest-growing companies over the last three years and is published in the Sunday Times each December.

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Thakeham is actively engaged with local charities and promotes opportunities for former armed forces veterans. Thakeham also sponsors other community sports teams including Billingshurst Cricket Club.

Robert Boughton, Thakeham group managing director, said: “As a regional home builder, we know all about the importance of thriving local communities. Sports teams play an important part in building and maintaining the fabric of those communities.

“That’s why we are so pleased to support Horsham Rugby Club and be the club’s main sponsor for the next three years.”

Horsham RUFC plays their home games at Coolhurst Ground, Hammerpond Road, Horsham, and currently has 400 playing members ranging from Under 7 to three Senior (adult) teams.

The 1st XV rugby team has won the Bob Rogers Sussex Cup six years in succession and secured promotion via a play-off to the highest level in the club’s history.

The 2019-20 season will see the 1st XV team play in London 1 South, the Lions 2nd XV cross county lines to play in the Surrey Premiership and the Barbarians 3rd XV play in Sussex 3.

Nick Stocker will continue as head coach assisted by Richard Bell, Adam Halsey and Johnny Porter.

Horsham Rugby Club’s vice-chairman and commercial manager Richard Ordidge said: “We are delighted to announce that Thakeham will remain as the main sponsor of Horsham Rugby Club for the next three years during a period of unrivalled success for the club.

“Sponsorship is vital to the club; it helps us fund the maintenance and improvement of our facilities, which is essential as we strive to run a successful and well thought of rugby club.

“We have a strong responsibility to our members and are keen to attract local talent of all ages.”

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Horsham Rugby Club pay tribute to 'a great character and a great bloke'

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Horsham Rugby Club have paid tribute to former player Richard Loughran after he died on Monday.

Loughran played for the Green and Whites from the late 1970s to the late 80s.

Horsham’s Richard Ordridge said: “We heard the news yesterday (Monday) of Richard’s passing. Whilst not a total shock, because he had suffered a severe stroke two years ago, it was still a sad reminder of the loss of someone we remember being so full of vitality in his prime. After a difficult time at least he is now at peace.

“At Horsham Rugby Club, where he is fondly remembered as a maverick talent, he was a brilliant rugby player and such fun to play with.

“Richard loved playing champagne style rugby allowing his individual match winning brilliance to shine. He was also a talented cricketer.

“A personal memory from my early playing days in the 1st XV was the unselfish way he would put me into space and hand me tries on a plate to just run in and score!

“Tributes have also been flooding in from his former pupils at Forest School where he was regarded as an inspirational English teacher and mentor, and widely regarded as a great character and a good bloke.

“A great man who will be missed by us all.”

The Green and Whites will hold a minute’s silence for Loughran before their home game against Beckenham on Saturday.

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‘Thoughtless’ golfers leave new village football pitch full of holes

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A football manager has hit out at ‘thoughtless’ golfers who damaged his team’s pitch, despite a driving range being just ‘one mile away’.

Ryan Taylor, manager of Southwater football team, was furious to find golfers had been practising their swing on the team’s four month old football pitch, leaving it covered in divots.

Ryan Taylor with just one of the divot holes created by golfers damaging Southwater's football club's pitch. Pic Steve Robards SR1922105 SUS-190309-135454001

Ryan Taylor with just one of the divot holes created by golfers damaging Southwater’s football club’s pitch. Pic Steve Robards SR1922105 SUS-190309-135454001

He said: “We had a game there last night. I was setting it up and then saw them [divots] all over the place – which doesn’t look nice.

“[There must be] about 20 or 30 of them in our penalty box.

“People should have a little bit of common sense. It’s a bit thoughtless – selfish in a way.”

Ryan said sightings of golfers on the pitch had been reported by people at the club.

He added: ““It was very frustrating. Especially considering there’s a driving range one mile away. You’re just not thinking about the community as a whole.

“You have been waiting for about four or five years [for the new facility] – if they went about ten yards out they would be off the pitch.

“They have not thought about anyone else.”

Ryan said he would be putting the pitch right in his own time and hopes Berkeley Homes, who funded the new sports complex, will help out.

He added: “Fingers crossed they will give us a bag of sand and we’ll go round and fill them in by hand.

“At the end of the day it’s going to be me and a few other assistants wasting our day. [The damage is] careless, thoughtless, not really considerate.”

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Brighton & Hove Albion charity runs football tournament for youngsters

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More than 200 youngsters from across Sussex took part in a summer Kicks tournament at Stanmer Park, Brighton.

The Kicks tournament on Tuesday, July 30, is part of an initiative by Albion in the Community – the charity arm of Brighton & Hove Albion – to promote the values of respect and teamwork.

The team from Haywards Heath

The team from Haywards Heath

Now in its sixth year, the event, backed by American Express, brings together youngsters from Premier League Kicks projects across Sussex (and visiting teams) to compete in a fun, safe and structured environment.

The tournament was supported by 18 Amex colleagues who helped organise the day and referee matches alongside AITC coaches.

Between matches, the young players attended a road safety workshop and AITC’s health team shared sun safety tips as part of the charity’s current skin cancer awareness campaign. The Albion’s first team player, right-back Martin Montoya, made a surprise appearance to present the winning medals.

The winning teams were: U11 Hastings (Flyers), U14 Arsenal, Under 16 Brighton (Patcham Dons) and U19 Arsenal.

Lancing participants

Lancing participants

Young people attended from across Sussex including: Brighton, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Lancing, Worthing, Hastings, Eastbourne and Rye. Visiting teams were from: London (Arsenal) and Portsmouth.

Participants were invited from AITC’s Premier League Kicks sessions.

The charity delivers 40 free Premier League Kicks football sessions each week to young people across Sussex, including in some of the region’s most-deprived communities.

The sessions combine free football with mentoring and regular workshops covering social issues.

Hastings youngsters

Hastings youngsters

Parents or youngsters interested in learning more about weekly Kicks sessions in their local area can email: premierleaguekicks@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

Young footballers from Rye

Young footballers from Rye

Worthing participants

Worthing participants

Young footballers from Brighton

Young footballers from Brighton

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