Fundraising Event for this Summer’s Rugby Tour to Canada
Last Friday, we welcomed parents and friends to Perrins Hall for a fundraising Dinner event for this summer’s Senior Rugby Tour to Canada. The evening was a fantastic occasion, and included a three-course meal, accompanied by entertainment in the form of a fun game of ‘Heads and Tails’, raffle and an auction.
The highlight of the evening was the Guest Speaker, our very own Olympic Medallist Sally Walton, who spoke about how tours developed her career and created life-long memories. The second highlight was Mr Gaubert, who outbid the competition at the auction to win himself the ‘Tour Moose’, which he has the honour to name, and will go to the youngest member on tour!
As the School’s first major Rugby Tour since the pandemic, it has been eagerly awaited and will provide a great opportunity for the boys both to celebrate their sporting development and prepare for the season ahead. The Tour will also offer pupils many sightseeing opportunities and visits, including: the CN Tower and the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Stadium (Playing against the Phillies), the Grand Experiences Canoe Camp, Skylon Tower and the famous Hornblower Boat Cruise in Niagara Falls.
Head of Rugby, Rob Lewis, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the boys – the chance to spend approximately two weeks with your best friends playing Rugby on the other side of the world, is a once in a lifetime experience. This will be my first Tour with RGS and my second visit to Canada for Rugby purposes and, as the boys will see, the passion to develop Rugby in Canada is amazing!”
Headmaster, John Pitt said: “Coming out of the pandemic, it is so important that our Senior pupils have the opportunity to experience a Sports Tour, both for those students completing their careers at RGS and those looking forward to the new RGS Rugby season ahead. We wanted to give pupils something to look forward to and build towards, since Tours are fantastic opportunities for players to develop key aspects of their skills.”
“Tours are also so much more than this. This tour to Canada is a chance to develop teamwork and togetherness; it will be an experience the pupils never forget as they learn about another country and meet and make new friends both on and off the pitch. I wish every member of the Tour party a really enjoyable experience and I can assure them they will build memories that will stay with them forever.”
“My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been instrumental in supporting the Senior Rugby Tour 2022; to the sponsors for their generosity, parents who have helped with fundraising and encouraged the boys and Mr Lewis, Head of Rugby, for organising the Tour and for building such a strong culture in our Senior Rugby.”
We wish all those attending this summer’s Rugby Tour a fabulous time and look forward to hearing all about it in September.