Earlier today, Bath Rugby announced that John Hall will replace David Trick as Club President ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Trick’s 40-year association with Bath Rugby started in 1979. He scored 143 tries in 225 games during his 12 years as a player – second on the all-time list.
The former winger was sworn in as Club President for the first time and spent two years in the role between 2011-13 before replacing Mike Beese in 2015 for a second term.
Trick will continue to play an active role in the growth of Bath Rugby Foundation – the Club’s charity arm, whose aim is to empower vulnerable children in Bath and the surrounding areas to succeed.
Trick has been instrumental in setting up the Foundation’s ‘1st XV Club’ in 2018, which has raised over £100,000 to help fund programmes covering the Foundation’s three target areas – education, inclusion and employment.
He will also once again lead the charity’s annual cycle challenge, with a team of fundraisers taking on Ride Mallorca this October.
Bath Rugby’s Chief Executive, Tarquin McDonald said: “Tricky has played a significant role not only during his two terms as Club President, but in his four decades associated with Bath Rugby.
“He is a hugely respected and popular figure in the City, and we’re delighted that he will continue to build on the work he has already done with the Foundation.”
Trick added: “I’ve absolutely loved my time as Club President and I’m certainly proud of what I’ve done particularly because it’s been something that I had never expected when I joined as a player back in 1979.
“My work with the Foundation has turned into a passion of mine. What the charity does is phenomenal – we had an evening a few years ago where we had someone who had been through one of the programmes talk to a corporate audience. She looked at everyone and said: ‘Bath Rugby Foundation has changed my life’ and that was the defining moment for me knowing that we are making a difference in and around Bath. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with them.
“The next few years will be very exciting on and off the pitch in terms of the rugby department we are building and the new stadium, a place which will enable the foundation to significantly increase the numbers of children and young adults whose lives we can help turn around through our education and development programmes.
“I have no doubt that John (Hall) will do a fantastic job and wish him all the very best. I just hope he doesn’t kick me out when I turn up on a Saturday at the Rec!”