RFU President’s 150th Anniversary Walk – 24th October

You may have seen recently in our information send out that the RFU President, Jeff Blackett, and his wife Sally are visiting Kent on 24th October as part of their 150 miles walk during a 15-day nationwide tour this autumn to raise money for the Injured Players Foundation (IPF) as part of the RFU’s official 150th Anniversary celebrations.

The Blacketts’ route will include 18 geographic Constituent Bodies (CBs) across the length and breadth of England. One of which is Kent. Meanwhile, Immediate Past President Peter Wheeler, Vice Presidents Nigel Gillingham, and Rob Briers supported by their wives Margaret, Chris, and Anne-Marie, will endeavour to visit the remaining 12 geographic CBs.

The whole event also provides the opportunity for the RFU to thank volunteers, in person on their home turf, for their hard work as clubs get back to full contact XV-a-side rugby post-pandemic. Throughout their journey, Jeff and Sally will visit many rugby clubs and stop to watch adult training and local games as well as age grade sessions. Club representatives will be joining them on their walk, in support and to share local stories from across the game. Many clubs are also arranging their own RFU 150 Walk fundraising events for the benefit of the IPF. Please do come and join in the walk.

The Route – 24th October 2021 ( photo opportunities will be taken at each club to record the event)

9:00 am – 9:45am – Charlton Park RFC (SE3 8NB)

9:50 am – 10:05 am – Shooters Hill RFC (SE3 8NP)

10:30 am – Blackheath FC (SE9 6TE) (walk by)

10:40 am – 11:00 – Brockleians RFC (SE9 51Y)

11:25 am – 12:10 pm – Old Elthamians Youth, Eltham College (SE9 4QF)

12:35 pm – 12:50 pm – Foots Cray RFC  (SE9 2EL)

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm – Blackheath FC (SE9 6TE) 

If you would like to attend, the event at Blackheath FC at 1pm on behalf of your club and meet the President please let Tracy Pettingale know at the Kent County Office by 18th October so we can account for catering numbers. No late requests will be possible. (office@kent-rugby.org)

Please support Jeff, Sally, and the IPF in whatever way you can by donating through the below link. https://rfuipf.enthuse.com/cf/rfu-presidents-150th-walk