RFU president's 150-mile walk comes to Devon

02 Nov 2021 09:51 | Devon RFU

RFU president HH Jeff Blackett and his wife Sally will be in Devon on Wednesday as they continue their 150-mile walk to raise funds for the RFU Injured Players' Foundation (IPF).

The walk is taking place over 15 days in a nationwide tour as part of the RFU's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Mr Blackett will walk into Devon from Cornwall over the Tamar Bridge at around 11am.

He will then head to Ivybridge RFC for a light lunch before re-starting his walk at Old Technicians RFC in Plymouth. From there the walking party will go past HMS Drake and the Royal Navy pitch at Keyham before heading into Devonport Park and taking in Devonport Services RFC, Devonport High School for Old Boys and Plymouth Albion RFC, where he will have afternoon tea.

Devon RFU secretary Treve Mitchell said: “We are delighted to support the IPF and are looking forward to sharing rugby stories from across the game with Jeff and Sally as we go.

“After a tough couple of years for everyone, in all walks of life, it’s fantastic from a rugby perspective to have the grassroots game fully up and running again with all formats back on the pitch.”

The event will also provide an opportunity for the RFU to thank volunteers in person, on home turf, for their hard work in keeping the game going over the past 18 months.

Mr Blackett said: “While a global pandemic is not how we wanted to mark our 150th anniversary, it has given us the opportunity to not only look back at the history, but also look to the future of rugby.

“It has shown the remarkable work our volunteers have done to keep their clubs and communities going. I am visiting as many clubs and CBs as possible to thank them – while taking the opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Injured Players Foundation.”

Anyone wanting to join the walk or meet Mr Blackett at any of the clubs should contact Mo Jackson on 07717 398757.

The party are due to leave Ivybridge at 12.30pm for Old Techs (approximate arrival 1pm) and finish at Albion at around 2.45pm.