Back in September, the Old Pats Business Club hosted their fourth ‘Evening with…’ event.
This time, we invited the legendary ex-Springbok, and Gloucester head coach, Johan Ackermann to answer questions about his career highlights and coaching Gloucester.
Nigel Church, Managing Director of First Solution – one of Old Pats main sponsors – was our host for the evening.
The event was held on home turf at the Old Pats club house in Everest Road, with a sumptuous buffet provided by the Old Pats’ favourite caterer – Tall Order Catering.
Club sponsor, Vinotopia Wines of Tetbury, started the evening with a South African-themed wine tasting and the official launch of their Old Pats’ Wine Club special offer.
The event was well attended by members of the business club, club players, parents and sponsors. Our audience questioned Johan on his time as a Springbok, Lions Coach, joining Gloucester, his predictions for Gloucester in the Premiership and for England in the World Cup.
Our favourite Johan anecdote of the evening was his recollection of seeing an elderly supporter standing on his own in the Shed prior to a Northampton game. Johan crossed the pitch to say hello and discovered that he was not only a long-term Glaws fan, but was also very knowledgeable. So, he invited him back to the changing room to address the team before the game, and Gloucester won convincingly!
Thank you to everyone who came along – the Business Club plays a key role in raising sponsorship for the club, and their fundraising events are always well attended.
Another ‘Evening with…’ event is planned for the new year, so watch this space!