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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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Popular Horsham football school celebrates 25 years

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More than 80 young footballers came together in Horsham Park to celebrate 25 years of a popular training school.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the North Sussex Soccer Academy Ltd the children played football while their parents enjoyed coffee and cakes, with donations going to Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

Coach Ted Streeter thanked everyone for their support and coach David Barnard paid tribute to Ted’s inspiration and commitment over such a long time.

Under the initial guidance of Ted, North Sussex Soccer Academy began offering football in Horsham Park to children aged four to 14 every Saturday in April 1994 and from that time, a vast number of footballers have learnt skills and tactics from volunteer coaches which they have taken to teams throughout the area.

David Barnard joined in May 1995 and the company has gone from strength to strength promoting football through academy evenings, school clubs, holiday courses and Saturday mornings in the Park.

North Sussex Soccer Academy meets every Saturday in Horsham Park from 10.00am to 11.30am and players attend on a pay as you go basis. From the start of the school term in September, the Academy will be partnering with Horsham Football Club using the new facilities on the Hop Oast Site to offer football development and specialist coaching to talented players.

For more contact David Barnard at nssafootball@gmail.com.

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Touching tributes left for much-loved 'Mr Horsham' Frank King

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Touching tributes have been left expressing shock and sadness at the death of ‘Mr Horsham Frank King.

The Horsham Football Club president passed away following a short illness on Tuesday night.

The well-know and much-loved club stalwart had many roles during an almost lifelong association with the Hornets from programme seller to chairman, director and latterly president.

As well as his passion for football, Frank also loved Sussex County Cricket Club and his hometown in general, as such, he was a popular and friendly face to many.

The football club have credited him as ‘almost single-handedly’ rescuing them from extinction in the 1970s/80s.

Hornets chairman Kevin Borrett led the tributes by saying: “Frank was more than just one of the longest serving officials of the football club.

“He was in many ways the epitome of the club itself. His warm, enthusiastic and infectious personality marked Horsham Football Club as ‘the friendly club’.

“Frank’s passing is desperately sad news and our condolences go out to his wife Pauline, Julie and the rest of the family. Farewell, Mr President.”

Club secretary Jeff Barrett, who had known Frank for 45 years, added: “He had that rare quality of being liked and loved by all whose paths he crossed.”

Many have pointed out the sad fact that Frank would not have seen the Hornets play in their new home next season at Hop Oast, but have taken great comfort he knew it was on the way. But also, in his last game, he saw them win the play-off final and gain promotion.

Committee member Mark Barrett said: “A sad day for everyone at @HorshamFC. The reason the club is as wonderfully warm, friendly and welcoming as it is, is because of Frank King. President, Chairman, Leader, Saviour, Gentleman, Legend RIP Frank.”

Mandy Chennell said: “Terrible news. A lovely man who would always say hello when I saw him at games. So sad that he won’t get to enjoy the new stadium. RIP.”

Former Horsham captain Eddie French said: “A Horsham great! I know he would have been so proud of the clubs recent achievements and the prospect of finally coming home. Thoughts with all your family and friends Frank. An absolutely wonderful gentle man. Rest in peace!”

Melanie Wakefield said: “A true Horsham Gentleman. He will be hugely missed by the club, his church and so many Horsham people. Never forgotten!!! So sad… my thoughts with all his lovely family. Xx”

Mark Chaplin said: “RIP to Mr Horsham FC. Thoughts are with your family at this sad time. True legend of the club Frank.”

Billy Greening sad: “This is so very sad. Frank was always a great source of inspiration to me whenever we spoke, as a very kind, gentle and honest man. He was a fantastic person, no-one had a bad word to say about him, he will be truly missed across Horsham as a whole and our football community. Rest in Peace Frank, I’m so sorry you won’t be able to see your new ground open.”

John Kirby: said: “This is horrible news, I genuinely had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes reading this. I was so happy to see Frank’s beaming smile after the play off win. The world is alot worse off now without him, a stand tribute has to be at the new ground surely. Sleep well Frank. Always yellow, always green.”

Former Sussex player Chris Nash, who grew up in Horsham, was one of many cricketers to pay tribute. He added: “I just saw the sad news that Frank King has passed away, a @HorshamFC @SussexCCC @horshamcc legend and one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet.

“Such sad news. His legacy will be the amazing football stadium in Horsham and how he always made you smile.”

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Horsham’s Frank King – our pictorial tribute

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Tim Hewlett left and Frank King wearing special T-shirts and caps in 2007 MAYOAK0003577667 MAYOAK0003577667

Following the sad announcement that Horsham Football Club president Frank King has died we have looked through our photos to compile a pictorial tribute.

Frank featured in the paper and online numerous times down the years and below are just a few of the pictures from our archives. See also: Horsham ‘heartbroken’ at death of club president Frank King

A proud moment - Horsham football club receives FA Charter Standard in 2006 MAYOAK0003367326

A proud moment – Horsham football club receives FA Charter Standard in 2006 MAYOAK0003367326

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A celebration of the link-up with the Holbrook Club and Horsham Football Club in 2006 MAYOAK0003382345

A celebration of the link-up with the Holbrook Club and Horsham Football Club in 2006 MAYOAK0003382345

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Pictured in 2007 - Frank King, Horsham Football Club Chairman MAYOAK0003433356

Pictured in 2007 – Frank King, Horsham Football Club Chairman MAYOAK0003433356

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Frank King in 2007 with his beloved Horsham Football Club MAYOAK0003434158

Frank King in 2007 with his beloved Horsham Football Club MAYOAK0003434158

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