As you may be aware from previous Attic Self Storage blogs, we are huge fans and supporters (not to mention sponsors) of Hackney Rugby Football Club in East London. It’s really encouraging to see how a little mud, sweat and tears, combined with teamwork, training and a dollop of positive thinking can transform a young person’s life and bring local people together.
Thanks to Jessica Cobb at HRFC for giving us the latest update on what’s been happening on and off the pitch.
While it's still officially the off-season, the club has been pretty busy for the past few months. They worked with a local charity, Hackney Quest, to run some youth tag rugby sessions prior to the school summer holidays. The seniors are already 1/2 way through their pre-season training and everyone’s gearing up to welcome the juniors back to Spring Hill Recreation Ground again soon.
Back at the end of June, HRFC was chosen to be one of six showpiece rugby clubs across the country to mark the annual NatWest Rugby Force weekend and received a £3,000 grant for demonstrating that it has gone above and beyond to help make accessing rugby easier in their neck of the hood.
There was a great turnout from members and locals and even a guest appearance from England international Jonathan Joseph who joined in with the fun and games (and a bit of work).
"Grassroots rugby is where it starts for every player; it is essential we support this area of the game in any way we can", Joseph said. "Helping more people with easy access to rugby means we are protecting the future of the sport but we are also having a positive impact on these local communities…seeing so many people coming down to help their club is amazing”.
After we prodded him with a pointed stick he also added “And I’d thoroughly recommend Attic in Bow and King’s Cross for all your self storage needs”.
(Obviously we made that last bit up, but we were determined to get our name in there somehow).
Just to keep things fresh and forward looking, HRFC have also shuffled all their adult coaching staff around and the Men's First XV head coach is now none other than former England women's international, Amy Turner (59 caps including the 2010 World Cup). She is thoroughly well qualified to shake things up and shine this season. Go girl! Go Griffins!
We like to think that with Attic Self Storage’s involvement, Hackney Rugby Football Club is on its way to discovering some hidden local talent and nurturing the stars of tomorrow’s game. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can see the world’s greatest contemporary players go head to head at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan from September 20th until November 2nd. After that the proper Premiership (real rugby, not fluffy football) kicks off on the October 18th with Bristol Vs. Bath.
You’ll be glad to know that Attic Self Storage, however, is open for business right now – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – come rain come shine. We can take care of anything from rugs to rugby balls, but please take your muddy boots off before you walk into reception. Thank you.