Keen Enjoys VIP Day with Red Arrows

Woodrush RFC

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2015 07:06pm
Wythall, Bromsgrove
By Paul Bolton
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Woodrush secretary Lorraine Keen enjoyed a VIP day with the Red Arrows, the RAF’s world famous aerobatics team, as reward for her outstanding voluntary contribution to rugby.

Keen, who lives in Kings Norton, spent a day at RAF Scampton near Lincoln, where the Red Arrows are based, where she sat in on briefings and de-briefings and watched the team rehearse their manoeuvres.

The visit was a volunteer recognition award given by the Rugby Football Union  and Keen was nominated for the VIP day by North Midlands RFU in recognition of her contribution to Woodrush where she was secretary of the mini and junior section before becoming club secretary.

Keen was one of only two volunteers from across England who enjoyed the Red Arrows day where they were accompanied by Jill Loader, the RFU’s volunteer engagement manager.

“It was a fantastic prize and very much unexpected,” Keen said. “I was pretty shocked when I was contacted by North Midlands saying that they had nominated me.

“I attended the North Midlands Volunteer Recognition Awards evening in September where I was nominated for an award. I didn’t win but it was still a surprise to be nominated for that.

“So to get recognition from the RFU was even more of a shock. But it was a wonderful experience.

“We sat in on a briefing, watched the Red Arrows in training, sat in on the de-brief, had lunch and looked around their planes.

“The things that came out of the day that you can relate to rugby were teamwork and trust. The Red Arrows have to trust each other and know where each other are all the time they are in the air.

“The same applies in a rugby club. We all have to work together and to trust each other.”


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