When Alec Jafrato (U17s) was nominated for the February Jack Petchey Achievement Award, he became the 100th young Beccehamian to win this coveted award.
We joined the scheme in 2007 when our first winner was Robert Hampton. Robert no longer plays for the club but his father, David, remains a member and has drawn the plans and sketches for the proposed clubhouse extension. Many of the winners do still play including regular 1st XV players like Freddie Buckle, George Tossel, Paul Broadhurst and Tom Ottewill and Sarah Moorhouse, Mel Graham and Evie Rosling for the ladies.
In total 33 award winners have played senior men's rugby, with 2 1st XV Captains & and a Ladies captain among them. 8 coaches have also been awarded the Leadership Award for outstanding contribution to young peoples sport.
In the 12 years between Robert and Alec’s awards, Jack Petchey has given the club £31,600 that has been spent on young players between the ages of 12 and 24. In the early days we bought a range of kit, clothing and equipment, but in recent years, the winners have preferred to spend the money on team building days such as paint-balling, go-karting or other similar activities.
Sir Jack Petchey CBE was born in East London in 1925 into a working class family where he had very few advantages. Told as a young man that he was not management material, he set out to be his own manager. He bought an old car and started his own car hire business. That quickly grew and by sheer hard work he diversified into other fields until, by the 1990’s, he was one of the most successful businessmen in the UK.
In 1999 he set up the Jack Petchey Foundation so that he could give back and support young people. So far the Foundation has invested well over £100 million throughout London and Essex.
We will continue to support the scheme and young players from the U12s upwards are urged to nominate worthy winners to their coaches and send nominations to the club coordinator, Robbie Broadhurst. Jack will do the rest!
Jack Petchey Coordinator
Achievement Award Winners
Robert Hampton (1st)
Louis Thorne (50th)
Emily Mar Mah
Alec Jafrato (100th)
Leadership Award Winners
2009 - Steve Robinson
Updated 13:25 - 20 May 2019 by Paul Harrington
2010 - Nigel Putner
2012 - Robbie Broadhurst
2014 - Tim Buckle
2015 - Paul Rochester
2016 - Jess Sweatman
2017 - Robin Entwistle
2018 - Jason Goodman