In conversation with... the Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club
Countryside catches up with Simon Hughes, one of the coaches at the Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club.
The home field for the club is at St Marks Recreation Ground, nearby to our Regency Grange site, meaning residents have a great sports club and community on their doorstep.
What does the word community mean to you?
People – it’s about people coming together sharing their experiences and embracing their respective diversities. It’s about working together to create a better place for all, and importantly in the context of TWRFC in the community, being a place that people can come together, away from their daily worries and share in a passion for rugby.
How long have you lived in the area?
On and off since I was four. I kept moving away and various life events have kept pulling me back.
How long have you been involved with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club for?
I first got involved as a teenager, but that was only fleeting. I have been heavily involved for the past 5 years since my son wanted to try rugby in the Under 6s.
What is your favourite thing about working in the area/ working at the Rugby club?
It’s the people again – I don’t work locally, I work across the world, so for me my favourite thing about being a volunteer at the rugby club is being with so many likeminded people that have a passion for community rugby.
How do you describe the area to your friends/family?
Most of my family and friends live in the area so I don’t need to describe it to them, but for those that don’t, it’s a great place to live with a nice balance of quiet, calm and safety to raise a family, with enough going on to be vibrant and interesting.
Where is your favourite room in your house and why?
Right now, it’s my office, because I seem to live in it! Normally it would be our kitchen, as that is the heart of the house and where we spend most of our time as a family.
What’s your favourite hidden secret or local gem in the area?
It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you! But as a clue there are many great country pubs around the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells.
For someone new to the area, how would you suggest they get involved in the community?
During the season, come up to Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning!