The Countess of Wessex will be in attendance at the 52nd annual Torch Trophy Trust Awards on Tuesday 24th February where she will take the opportunity to award Tewkesbury Rugby Club stalwart, Adrian Bishop, with a trophy to honour his services to rugby.
The awards, which will be held in London, will see Adrian Bishop awarded for his dedication to sport in the community and The Countess of Wessex will be on the ball ready to hand over his award.
Mr Bishop was nominated for the award by the Rugby Football Union and the citation from the organisation begins as follows, “Adrian is described in every sense what we think of as a club man at Tewkesbury Rugby Football Club. Currently the junior committee chairman, he has contributed to the wellbeing of the club from the first time he came down in 1974 while still in junior school. In 1987, while still training and playing for the club, he took up responsibility for the club’s pitches when it relocated to its current home at the vineyards in the centre of Tewkesbury.”
Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that rewards, recognises and supports volunteers in sport and recreation. The charity offers bursaries and recognises the achievements of some of the UK’s most outstanding volunteers in the annual Torch Trophy Trust Awards. At the 51st Torch Trophy Trust Awards on 18th March 2014, The Princess Royal was on hand to give out 19 awards to some well deserving volunteers.
The citation from RFU regarding Adrian Bishop continues, “Adrian has continued to serve on the management team and when not playing, is always working behind the scenes to ensure the club is operating to its highest standard. The area where it is felt Adrian deserves special recognition is his commitment to junior rugby and the promotion of the game through younger players.”
Chairman of Torch Trophy Trust, Paul Dimond, commented on Adrian’s recognition, “Adrian has shown outstanding commitment to Tewkesbury Rugby Club and his local community over many years and thoroughly deserves to be recognised by the Trust for his work. Every year, the Trust is overwhelmed with the stories of local volunteers who give their time so willingly and Adrian is undoubtedly a worthy recipient.”
The first Torch Trophy Trust meeting was held in 1962 alongside a press conference and a message of encouragement from The Duke of Edinburgh.