More than £11,000 was raised for the local Bradby Club as part of Rugby School’s 450th Anniversary programme to support the local community. Fundraising projects have taken place across the School community, also involving Lawrence Sheriff School for the past nine months culminating in a cheque presentation on the 450th Anniversary Community Day on 27 September 2017.
The day began with a sponsored walk around Draycote Water, started by MP Mark Pawsey, and ended with the 450th Global Pass ball arriving back on The Close by helicopter. Fundraising projects by pupils and staff have involved various 450 themed events including 450 laps around The Close and 450 miles covered by swimming, running, walking and cycling while staff cycled 450 miles from London between them and one member of staff walked the Pilgrim's Way. The dramatic return of the 450th Global Pass rugby ball was witnessed by the whole School and brought home by Rugbeian and Northampton Saints player, Harry Mallinder. With him was Toby Marsh, who with Matthew Hodder-Williams, came up with the idea of passing a rugby ball across the globe 450 times.
The ball left Rugby at the launch of the 450th on January 9 and has since visited 127 countries, travelled across six continents clocking up 103,248 miles. Other events during the Community Day celebrations included ‘It’s a Knockout’ for pupils from both schools, live bands and the return of seven Rugby School cyclists who left the Rugby School Estate in London that morning to cover 450 miles between them back to Rugby.
The photo gallery from the day can be viewed below.
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER…
The Rugby School community will physically re-unite in September. We are proud of our staff and students who have engaged in a full, virtual timetable enabling us all to flourish during this challenging time. Plans for a safe return of the whole School community will involve comprehensive risk assessments and a commitment to the BSA COVID-SAFE Charter. Find out more about our bespoke virtual visits and Open Days here