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Rugby’s Big Try Out

Over 150 people gathered at No1 Sports Bar, City Road to raise the much needed funds that help the many beneficiaries of The Matt Hampson Foundation.

The evening featured performances from Babs Ojo, Simon Greenhill, Katie Marshall, Robin Boot, Archie Sylvester and two-piece band John & Fiachra.

George Chuter hosted the evening and was an incomparable compare throughout. The night was interspersed with interviews about the rugby industry and the state of play in the Premiership as it is now.

We kicked off the night with Contestant No1 Katie Marshall. At the tender age of 13, Katie was our youngest performer. Her soothing soprano voice lulled us into what was set to be a fantastic evening and from then on, the standard was more than set.

Contestant No2 was Babs, brother of Topsy Ojo of England Rugby Union club London Irish. Babs sung us into a soul filled set and was most definitely something for the ladies.

Contestant No3 was little known Simon Greenhill, CEO of ThinkersLive and singer in his own right. Simon created our much loved Singing Waiters act so is used to performing to a crowd. He didn’t disappoint and successfully wooed us with a little sing-along and got the crowd involved.

John & Fiachra took to the stage during the interval and kept the party going with acoustic classics.

Robin Boot stepped up as Contestant No4 and treated us to a selection of his comedy-based songs and a good strum of the guitar. Robin is a musician and comedian (Rockomedy, so we are told) and had us in fits of laughter for his entire set. Robin is an ex-professional rugby player himself and played for Bedford and London Welsh.

Last but not least, the crowd enjoyed a rather sultry set from Contestant No5 Archie Sylvester, ex Sale Sharks and Esher player. Archie certainly commanded the attention of the ThinkersLive ladies and everyone loves a bit of live music from a young chap with buckets of talent.

George Chuter, Tori Chipp (charity ambassador) and Megan Harris took charge of the raffle presentation. Megan Harris is a para-sailor and avid supporter of the charity. After a serious back injury including an undiagnosed fracture aged 12, Megan played for Bath Rugby Ladies whilst at university.

After a nasty tackle, Megan suffered a spinal sprain and nerve damage in her shoulder. Megan was a direct beneficiary of the foundation and thanked them extensively for the support they gave her.

Raffle prizes included two tickets to the Froch v Groves screening, four tickets to the Aviva Premiership Final, a pair of tickets to the Heineken Cup Final and a signed Saracen’s match-worn shirt.

The night ended with an inevitable dance floor as we celebrated the work done by the foundation and the funds we had managed to raise. A great night had by all with a fantastic attendance.

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