First events are announced for Trindermonial
A LAUNCH event was held for Henry Trinder’s testimonial season at The Ivy in Cheltenham.
Past and present Cherry and Whites stars, chairman Martin St Quinton, business leaders, charity members and people from the local rugby community were in attendance as details of what’s in store for ‘Trindermonial’ were revealed.
Trinder has been at Gloucester for 12 years with the former Cirencester youth player coming through the club’s academy and making 162 appearances.
“It’s been a long time but it’s also
gone in the blink of an eye,” the popular centre said.
“I’ve obviously had my ups and downs with injuries but I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s really nice and I’m grateful for all the people who have seen the effort I’ve put in.”
To spend so long at one club is rare in rugby these days and Trinder spoke of the honour of being awarded a testimonial.
“Not many people do it, especially in this day and age,” he said.
“You’ve got me and Charlie Sharples, who started at the same time, and the amount of people that have come along while we’ve been here has been amazing.
“I’ve played with a lot of players, we’ve had five different head coaches since I’ve been here and that turnaround lets you have an appreciation of a club that appreciate you and want you and stick with you through all the ups and downs.”
Trinder’s chosen charity is the Pied Piper Appeal and the chairman of the organising committee is former Gloucester flanker Pete Glanville.
On the large turnout for the launch event, Trinder said: “I’m blown away. It’s a real nice humbling feeling to know that so many people want to support what we’re trying to do.
“We’re working with Pied Piper and that’s a charity that’s always been very close to me. They’ve worked alongside Gloucester Rugby for a few years as well.
“I’m very grateful for all the support. I’d love to get as many people to help out as possible.”
Here is a list of the events taking place (dates to be confirmed):
Trindermonial Gloucester Rugby Cup game - With no pre-season fixtures this season, Trinder’s testimonial match will be one of their cup games. The fixtures for the Premiership Rugby Cup were revealed on Wednesday and it is likely to be confirmed soon after.
Rugby World Cup brunch - A chance to watch England in comfort with breakfast at Kingsholm in September.
Game Shoot - In November, Gloucester stars will get involved in two game shoots in the Gloucestershire countryside.
Half-term kids camp - Gordon League and Cirencester to host rugby camps over two days.
Ladies night - One of the most highly anticipated events is due to take place in November (venue to be confirmed) with the Trindermonial 2020 calendar to go on sale.
Question of Sport - Former and current sport stars to battle it out at Kingsholm in the format of the popular BBC show in February 2020.
Gala Dinner with Boxing Extravaganza - To be held at The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse in March or April. Black tie event with food and drinks with some boxing to provide the entertainment.
Golf Day - A chance to play alongside Gloucester players next June or July. Venue TBC.