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player run , with the majority of positions within the committee filled by current players , led by Rory Bell current 1st XV skipper and others such as Dan Moriyama , now into his 27th season at the club .
Up until quite recently , training was taken by the team captains and anyone else that fancied running the session , although now the club has a small part time coaching staff to spread the burden , led by Rhys Davies – who did a fantastic job of keeping players fit and engaged over lockdown with online training sessions and virtual pub meet ups . However , as the club becomes more efficient , the ethos remains unchanged .
Player numbers are on the up after a difficult year or so with Covid , and we hope to consolidate and build on the existing group of players that we have . Overall the club is in good shape . Behind the scenes we are supported by some wonderfully hardworking servants of the club . Chris Furness our longstanding Treasurer and Justin Clark former first team Captain , committed clubman and now Secretary for the club completing the team .
As a club we are also very lucky to have strong support
from our sponsors – including Wiser , a leading consultancy , branding and recruitment firm based in the city who are our main and longest standing partner , having working together successfully for over 5 years now . RBA , a specialist Construction Consultancy and FIS , our newest partner , a global brokerage firm and market leader in the freight and commodities markets area help us provide a solid financial basis for the club to operate .
Away from the rugby pitch , the club in recent years has established links with the historic charity Toynbee Hall , based around Spitalfields , not far from Artillery Gardens . Players recently took part in a charity bike ride from London to Brighton to raise funds for the charity and we are looking at other ways for the guys to get involved with the community charity . The social side of the club has always been strong - from tours across Europe , to end of season balls in the Long Room of Armoury House . Bonding off the pitch over a beer has always been taken as seriously by the club as bonding on the pitch . Players may play for the club but they fight harder for their friends – which I ’ m sure is the same for any rugby club .
HAC Vice Capt Larry
Edwardians v HAC Dale Taylor running with the ball at Twickenham
TRAINING Training is encouraged but not compulsory ; the club has always recognized that young guys in the city have a lot to juggle . Overseeing all of this is our club President Charles Marment , formerly a reserves officer in the HAC regiment who actively encourages and supports connections between the club and the regiment .
A positive can-do attitude , willingness to pitch in and lend a hand and play as part of a squad are really the key attributes we look for and encourage . It ’ s not uncommon for a someone to join the club , play for the 3rd XV one week and the 1st XV the next .
CONTACT THE CLUB HAC RFC , Armoury House , City Road , London , EC1Y 2BQ
www . hacrfc . com