Back in June, #rugbyunited’s @gemma_fox organized #rugbyfair and for the first time, Forces Exiles played for #rugbyunited….. it started a great partnership and we’ve been in close contact ever since as we marry #rugbyunited and Forces Exiles together.
But we where missing a vital link.
We needed someone to go and be “attached” to the Forces Exiles team based in Hereford, someone who could blend the pressures of spending time going out and drinking with THE most socialable of rugby teams and becoming a link between Forces Exiles and #rugbyunited HQ! We had a profile in mind, and after having a few “telephone interviews” with a dozen or so applicants, we asked Graeme to take up the challenge….. Over to you Graeme....
Aha, where to start? With me I guess, well my name is Graeme, I’m 21 and I come from the wonderful county of Worcestershire not far from Worcester its self; so as I’m sure you can guess, I support Worcester Warriors-for all my sins! I’ve also played Rugby since I was ten; I first played at my local club Kidderminster Carolians RFC or KC’s for short. If my memory servers me correctly I started out on the wing (don’t we all?) before very quickly being moved to Fly Half and then Scrum Half and that was my first season as a Rugby player and the only one as a back. From then on I was played in the forwards; and thank God-come on we all know that is where the real fun is to be had! So in my second season I played Hooker (took me a while to figure out why others found the name so funny) and then in my third season where we moved to 15 a-side I was thrown into the back-row, and that is where I’ve stayed, settling on being a seven-with a few side steps in there, as I have managed to play in ever position at some point, even if it may have been only for a few minutes!
Ok so why am I telling you all this? Well #rugbyunited have team up with a with a charity rugby team called Forces Exiles (@ForcesExiles) who support a charity called Forces Support (@Forces_Support) who do a incredible job of supporting bereaved families who’s love ones have died while serving in the Forces. I’m sure everyone will agree with me that is a very well worthwhile and appropriate cause to support, given the strong links there’re between the sport of Rugby and the military-silly squabbles over England shirts aside! Hopefully with the help of #rugbyunited Forces Exiles can gain greater exposure, helping them to increase the fantastic support they all give as well strength the links between the game of Rugby and our armed forces as a whole. And this is where I come in, I’ll be working as part of the #rugbyunited team to be attached to the Exiles management to (hopefully) liaise between the two.
I first came across the rugby united hashtag not long after I join Twitter just over two years ago and personally I think it is a great idea (and no I wasn’t paid to say that) Twitter is by far my preferred form of social media, due mainly to the concept of hashtags, which mean I can engage with like minded people without having to be ‘Friends’ with or ‘Follow’ them. And this is exactly what the hashtag allows me to do. So having been able to notice how #rugbyunited has steadily grow over the last two years, I jumped at the chance to get involved, and this seem to be the perfect opportunity also gives me something to get off my arse and do at the weekends! I shall also as part of the role, be travelling with the team, so that we can on really messy nights out...I mean so I can take photos and write match reports to keep the rest of the #rugbyunited community up to date with what is happening….then we can go on the really messy nights out!
This is a role that I’m really excited and looking forward to, I like to throw myself into any project. This is a role which allows me to be involved in a sport I love and not just from the playing and pitch side, but from the social aspect, which in my humble opinion is the best of any sport; not one person who loves rugby will be able to tell you why that is without mentioning the social side. There are also some pretty big and exciting things coming up which I’m looking forward to, but if you want to know more about them, you’ll have to come back later…