World Cup ref Owens to host club fundraiser

In­ter­na­tional of­fi­cial to help in bid for new club­house

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Gra­ham Youngs tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

FRESH from of­fi­ci­at­ing last Satur­day’s in­ter­na­tional be­tween Eng­land and New Zealand, ref­eree Nigel Owens will be help­ing Che­sham RFC raise funds for their new club­house.

Owens will be host­ing Che­sham’s black tie gala din­ner on Fri­day, Novem­ber 28, in aid of the Stags Fu­ture Build­ing project, which is help­ing the club re­alise their dream of a new base at the Chiltern Hills Academy.

The club of­fi­cially launched its cam­paign in Septem­ber and has since started cam­paign­ing to help raise the much needed funds.

With an es­ti­mated build cost of £450,000, the club are also seek­ing support from a va­ri­ety of sport­ing bod­ies, in­clud­ing the RFU.

Owens, who has ref­er­eed in both of the last two World Cups and is one of only two ref­er­ees to be ap­pointed to two con­sec­u­tive Heineken Cup fi­nals, will be joined by guests of hon­our Kat Mer­chant and Rocky Clarke, mem­bers of Eng­land’s vic­to­ri­ous World Cup team.

The din­ner will also fea­ture an auc­tion of items rang­ing from a signed Martin John­son shirt to a week­end of golf at St An­drews, and the club is seek­ing ad­di­tional prizes from any lo­cal busi­nesses which want to as­sist and might want to at­tend the event.

“Sup­port­ing the build of the club­house en­ables peo­ple to invest in the de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple in and around Che­sham,” said club pres­i­dent Cliff Davies. “We are look­ing to lay the foun­da­tions for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to come and we hope that peo­ple will get be­hind the cam­paign and help us to cre­ate our own legacy for youth.”

The din­ner is be­ing held at Char­tridge Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. A small num­ber of tick­ets are still avail­able for the event, which is open to peo­ple out­side the club.

For more de­tails, con­tact so­cial@ che­sham­rug­by­ You can also make a one-off do­na­tion to the club’s Stags’ Just Giv­ing page (www. just­giv­­sham-rugby) or con­tact the team at fundrais­ing@ che­sham­rug­by­ to dis­cuss cor­po­rate pack­ages.

Che­sham did not have a first team game last week­end due to the in­ter­na­tional break, but they will be back in Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier Di­vi­sion ac­tion on Satur­day with a game at Hunger­ford, where they will be look­ing to bag their first away win of the sea­son.

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CLUB GOAL: (Above) Che­sham RFC’s new club­house (high­lighted) at Chiltern Hills Academy; (right) ref­eree Nigel Owens

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