Kirk Nokes Day

Kirk Nokes Day

By Simon Wells
3 September
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Superb Day


The 10th annual Kirk Nokes Day was held on 31st August featuring three home games, BBQ, Raffle,Auction and Tombola as well as local band Firing Line in the evening.

The day and memorial fund were established in 2008 following a tragic car accident when four local boys lost their lives.
Lee Grimshaw, Ed Manders-Naden, James Bowyer and Kirk Nokes.
The boys were just 17 and 18 years of age.
Kirk had played right through junior and Academy sides and would have been Vice captain of the 3rd XV alongside his father Paul as Captain in the 2008-2009 season.
An annual game was established against Bicester Academy for the Kirk Nokes Cup and an annual award made to the best Academy Player as selected by the coaches. The winner receiving 4 tickets to the Premiership Final and spending money for travel and refreshments.
The Fund has raised over £50,000 in the last 10 years and been used to support particularly junior , mini and Academy Rugby and overall Club infrastructure as well as a variety of local causes.
Support has included:

Funding new kitchen, kit store and clubhouse refurbishment.
Support for annual mini festival.
Contributions to mini and junior tour costs.
Purchase of kit for Cygnets.
Donation to Oli Hilsdon Foundation.
Donation to Cardiac Risk in the Young in memory of Sally Wells.
Donation to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

All three home teams won their matches.
1st XV beat Market Bosworth 31-27
2ndXV/3rd XV beat Buckingham University in a close match.
Buckingham Academy retained the Kirk Nokes Cup against Bicester Academy.

Thanks to the following
Mike Smith for his continued efforts and tenacity in organising the day.
All the volunteers on the bar and BBQ.
Mick London for BBQ skills.
Will Abbott for his superb auctioneering skills.
All those who donated prizes and auction items.
All the supporters who bought raffle tickets and auction items.
Julie Turnham and staff.
The lady bakers for the magnificent cake stall.
Visiting teams for their generosity and support and the home players.
Generous Club supporter who donated £250 to the fund on the day.
Academy Coaching team.

The day raised £1,750

The Kirk Nokes trophy awarded to the Academy player of the Year has a simple engraving it says "Life's truest happiness lies in friendship" this is certainly the ethos of the Club and of our visitors so special thanks to Market Bosworth, Buckingham University and Bicester Academy, the day was as ever a fitting tribute to Kirk and three other young men for which our sincere thanks.

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