Rugby Club Thanks Ambassador Club & Launches New 3 Year Programme

The Ambassador Club, part of Henley Rugby Club, held a celebratory dinner in the clubhouse attended by 60 Ambassadors and their guests.

The Club was founded in January 2019 when in the process of creating a 5 year playing plan it became obvious to the Club’s management that the “normal” financial resources of the Club would be insufficient to support the new stretching objectives and ambitions of the plan. So the Ambassador Club was formed. Its objective was clearly stated in the launch brochure. To raise sufficient funds outside the official playing budget and achieve the new playing objectives and strategies outlined in the five year playing plan 2019-2023.

In spite of the difficulties around Covid, some 50 supporters joined the Ambassador Club when not only was there no rugby being played, and some had difficult personal financial circumstances, all members stuck to their 3 year financial commitment.

The dinner was to recognise and celebrate the success of the first programme and to launch a new 3 year programme starting in July 2022 running through to June 2025.

Chris Nixon, the Rugby Club’s Chairman started by thanking the Ambassadors for their generosity over the 3 years, remarking “It was directly as a result of this that many of the initiatives specifically targeted at particular sectors e.g. Kids First and Juniors were successfully implemented.”

One of the guiding principles of the Ambassador Club was that the funds generated should be shared across the WHOLE club and they were specifically and directly for playing activities and nothing else. Thus the presentation of the new 3 year programme started with the same overall objective as the original, the 5 year plan being superseded by a new 3 year one. This was followed by specific sector plans for men’s and women’s rugby and Kids First and Juniors, outlined respectively by Nigel Dudding, Director of Rugby, Alistair Mortimore Henley Hawks Women’s coach and Nick Bradbury, Chairman of Kids First and Juniors.

Mike Trethewey, Chairman and founder of the Ambassador Club outlined the mechanics of the scheme and encouraged all to re-join for the new 3 year period starting in July 2022. He said, “Although subscriptions would not be due until then, a number of both current and new members signed up there on the spot! The evening ended with thanks to Szabi, owner of the Menza Cafe and his staff for an excellent dinner and first class service.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Ambassador Club please contact Mike Trethewey

You do not have to be a member of the rugby club to join.