A plug for a special game

Giving women and girls the opportunity to play sport was at the forefront of the Udney Park proposal. I would therefore love to give an upcoming game of rugby a special mention

Thamesians RFC are one of the stakeholder clubs in the Foundation. In the last five years they have had to move pitches three times (from Marble Hill to Waldegrave School to St Marys University).

On 11th March Thamesians Women host the Rugbykinis of Suresnes from Paris in a match at St Marys University. The kick-off will be at 11am on the pitch at the main campus. Wouldn’t it have been great to have played this game at Udney park!

Thamesians will be hoping for a strong performance off the back of a season when they have been promoted to NC1. I believe that there is another rugby game at Twickenham Stadium later in the afternoon (England V France) but your support at this earlier match would be very much appreciated AND will be free rather than charged at £120 a ticket! Please feel welcome to come back to the Thamesians clubhouse on Twickenham Green after the game for a post-match celebratory drink – no matter what the score.

I am hoping that this match will act to raise the profile women’s sport in the borough and beyond. Our local MP , Munira Wilson, referenced a testimonial from one of our players in a recent parliamentary debate. This speaks volumes about why the playing of women’s sport is so important https://youtu.be/-xqJiIkcYn0

‘I’m 25 years old and have been playing rugby since I was 19. I’m 6ft1 and 85kg, and for the first 19 years of my life I hated the way I looked, felt, and I had no confidence and no motivation. I found rugby as a way of making some new friends and enjoying a run around while doing so. To say it changed my life is an understatement. Women’s sport is special, because it brings a group of people who face similar challenges in day-to-day life together, and provides a safe space, a place of encouragement and love, and lights a fire within people who didn’t realise they had it. Being around women who were praised for having different body types has skyrocketed my confidence. I feel empowered in my life outside of sport, knowing the things I’ve accomplished and my worth. I’ve also made a special group of friends for life, some incredible memories (minus a few injuries), and I cannot express how grateful I am for it.’

I hope to see you on the day and please spread the word. It would be great to have the girls of Bushey Park CC and Hearts of Teddlothian Football Club in attendance to cheer us on.



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Posted on 6th Feb 2024

I have now attended two positive meetings with Mr Wu’s representatives, together with my fellow trustee, Philip Barnes. The most recent meeting was the week before last. An offer to purchase the fields has been submitted. More information has been requested. The Foundation is providing an executive summary as to why the land should be sold, in order that Mr Wu’s representatives can go back with to Mr Wu with a recommendation. This submission will go in this week.

The second meeting was also attended by our local MP, Munira Wilson, who made several robust statements in support of the bid. Munira left all attendees in no doubt as to her position. Her position has also been set out in Parliament on more than one occasion, most recently as link below.


Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

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Posted on 27th Sep 2023

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Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Posted on 14th Jul 2023

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The Foundation have contacted the representatives of Mr Wu in order to put in motion an offer for the purchase of the playing fields. The site is designated as an ACV, and is currently under a moratorium which prevents the sale of the land to anyone other than a Community Interest Company (CIC) for a six month period.