Many Gloucester Rugby fans have been missing the buzz of live rugby after being away from Kingsholm Stadium for over a year, due to the impact of COVID-19.
As part of its Squad of Thousands campaign, designed to keep uniting support for the team despite the lack of recent live game time, Gloucester Rugby surprised some fortunate fans with virtual meets with their top players.
First up was Sam Galliers, a 23-year-old volunteer at the Gloucester Rugby Foundation. Previously diagnosed with Scoliosis, a heart condition and Kabuki syndrome, Sam joined the team and instantly grew in confidence working in the industry he loves.
Before bidding farewell to Gloucester Rugby and beginning a new challenge at RC Vannes in France, Henry Trinder had an important final assignment – surprising Sam to celebrate his contribution to Gloucester Rugby, and to cheer him up during the pandemic.
Unsuspecting Sam had no idea who would be on the other end of the line as he joined the call. Lost for words to see none other than long-serving Club hero Henry, Sam wasted no time in picking his brains about everything from life in lockdown to the greatest players he’s shared a pitch with.
Gloucester Rugby also surprised David Price – one of Gloucester Rugby’s oldest fans!
David turned 96 years old last week and has been determined to walk back to his seat in the stands to watch another live game.
First visiting Kingsholm at the age of 17 back in 1942, David has seen his fair share of rugby action over the past 79 years.
Whilst there has been lots of change for the club over the past 70 years, one that that has remained the same is his passion for the Cherry and Whites – with David rarely missing a game during this time.
So as part of its Squad of Thousands campaign, and to show support and appreciation for his continued dedication to the club, Gloucester Rugby organised a surprise Happy Birthday video for David featuring messages his favourite players, Lewis Ludlow and Louis Rees-Zammit.
Gloucester Rugby launched its Squad of Thousands campaign earlier this year to keep fans engaged with the Club during lockdown. Since then, the club has seen support from fans across the UK, proving that Gloucester Rugby is about far more than just the players that walk out on to the pitch.
To find out how you can show your support by joining the Squad of Thousands, click here.