A local married couple have been recognised with an award celebrating their years of service to both Bath Rugby and the Bath Rugby Supporters Club (BRSC) and also in recognition of going the extra mile for fans.
Kevin and Pat Lawrence, were chosen to receive Bath Rugby’s annual Stone King Award by the supporters’ club committee.
Pat has been a lifelong supporter of the club having inherited her love for the game from her father, with the couple being season ticket holders for nearly two decades.
But the Corsham couples’ love for the ‘blue, black and whites’ wasn’t confined to watching games with them – they have also taken on a number of roles on the committee, including Kevin serving most recently as chairman.
The award is sponsored by law firm Stone King and was presented to the couple by Tracey Smith, Head of Family & Mediation.
Tracey said, “We get to see the efforts of the hard work when the team takes to the Rec but we don’t usually see or learn about the tireless efforts behind the scenes.”
“Kevin and Pat have put in countless numbers of hours on behalf of BRSC and it is lovely to see them recognised in this way.
“Even though they have now stepped down from the committee I know they will still be cheering Bath Rugby on from the stands.”
Most weeks saw the Lawrences putting in over 20 hours on behalf of BRSC.
Kevin said, “We will still be members of the club but not play such active roles.
“I have always taken the view that when it is over it is over and it will be good to have new ideas coming through to help the organisation thrive.
“There is a brilliant committee in place full of talented people so now is a very good time to step back and relax.”
Pat added, “We are both thrilled with the award and very touched because, having been on the committee for so long, we know how many other people also are deserving of this award.”
“We were due to step down last year but it was obvious that 2020 was going to be an unprecedented year and we didn’t want to leave the club in the lurch.”
BRSC has developed and maintained a strong relationship with Bath Rugby which allows them to represent BRSC members’ views.
Pictured above: (left to right) Tracey Smith and Kevin and Pat Lawrence