Saracens chairman Nigel Wray and captain Steve Borthwick were among the guests at the Saracens Pioneers end of season celebration at Allianz Park on Monday night.
Wray and Borthwick personally thanked the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the club’s new home one of the most welcoming venues in the country offering a fantastic matchday experience for everyone who attends.
Everyone who has visited Allianz Park this season would have met and spoken to the group of blue uniformed volunteers whether it be assisting them at train stations, pointing them in the right direction, offering a warm welcome to the ground or the literally dozens of different roles that go into making your day out one to remember.
More than 20 players including Borthwick, John Smit, Brad Barritt, Ernst Joubert, Joel Tomkins, Kelly Brown, Carlos Nieto, Chris Wyles and Charlie Hodgson were among those who attended the event and took time to meet the Pioneers, listen to their stories of working at Allianz Park and how and why they became Pioneers.
When thanking the Pioneers, Borthwick said: “We have a fabulous new home at Allianz Park. I feel very privileged that, as captain, I get to lead the team out onto the field. Having said that, all of those things count for not a lot, what makes it special is the people and what makes it a special atmosphere is the energy that everyone brings on a match day.
“The Pioneers are the people who first meet supporters on a match day. It’s the impact that you have when you meet those people, it’s the smiles on your faces and your friendly welcome that make people love coming here and want to come back here. So thank you for your time, thank you for your support of the team and thank you for helping to make Allianz Park what it is.”
Chairman Wray added: “The Pioneers here have made one hell of a difference. They make this place happier than it is and it’s very heart warming that people just want to help.”